Here’s Eric Posner, pointing out the real “losers”:
Filibuster reform is a huge victory for progressives, according to David Weigel. Emily Bazelon agrees. Yet some conservatives not caught up in the immediate political bickering seem pretty happy about it too. Who loses? Most likely those in the center, meaning most of us.
First off, the notion that there is some unspoken for ideological center who does not get their due is simply preposterous. Second, in order to think that this mythological center is now the “losers” in this means that you have to think the current system has been such a smashing success for the American people. It hasn’t. The only people this has empowered are the gang of center right jackasses who always love to show how important and non-ideological and bipartisan they are. Think Bayh. Graham. Manchin. McCain. Lieberman. That group of self-promoting jackasses. Kos nailed this the other day:
Every pundit’s favorite backbencher, Sen. John McCain, has made a career of joining “gangs” to get shit through the Senate’s f’d up 60-vote threshold (Gang of Eight on immigration, Gang of 14 on administration nominees, you get the picture). With yesterday’s nuking of parts of the filibuster, McCain’s ability to garner unwarranted camera time is finished. And HE’S ANGRY…
“The Senate was set up to be different,” McCain declared.
Mission accomplished! The Senate has six-year terms, 335 fewer members, and an empty state like Wyoming has as much clout as states with people in them like California and New York and Texas. So yeah, different than the House. But the filibuster? No mention of filibustering in any of our nation’s founding docs.
None of that should cast doubt on how genuinely distraught McCain is. When his entire schtick depended on a dysfunctional Senate, his distress over a better-functioning chamber can only be real.
There is a reason Manchin voted with the Republicans- since he entered the Senate he has been styling himself as one of the new members of the “Gang” media train.