Complete transcript of the Filibuster Editorial I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle. It ran in the Thanksgiving Sunday edition.
After years of threats, the Senate finally “went nuclear” last month. Republicans will no longer be able to insist on a supermajority to approve certain judicial candidates. The immediate goal is to make it more possible to get judges approved. There are currently 93 vacancies in the federal judiciary alone. More than 10 percent of the entire federal judicial system is vacant. Not to mention that this Congress is the least productive in history, with the ratio of bills passed to bills introduced dropping to below 10 percent for the first time. So this rule change is a step in the right direction.