Good post here, and I agree with every word. There needs to be more bipartisanship in the Senate, and partisan obstructionist Mitch McConnell needs to go. He is worse than useless. He also has way too much power. McConnell’s obstructionism and repeated blocking of letting the senators vote on reopening the government is selfish and dangerous, and is hurting thousands of government workers and other innocent people.
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How can the United States Senate be pulled back from the disaster of winner-take-all, scorched-earth partisanship? The only answer I can think of that could work is a return of the filibuster for all Presidential appointments. If the standard for Senate confirmation of an appointment is sixty votes (3/5), or even 66 (2/3), a number of features of the system are changed:
Presidents would have to choose nominees who are able to get significant bipartisan support, who are not radical and divisive, or of questionable qualifications.
Senate majority leaders could not rely on party-line votes to approve nominations.
Senators would have to (at least some of them) actually think about the nominees (rather than just vote the party line) and debate (rather than just yell at each other) their qualifications.
Candidates for the Senate and President who take uncompromising positions would become less attractive.
The Senate could become more like…
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