September 01, 2009

Levinson to Krugman: It's the Filibuster, Stupid

Sandy Levinson responds to Paul Krugman's column blaming "our corporate-cash-dominated [political] system" for the stall on health care. Levinson:

    The one and only reason anyone takes such denizens as Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Olympia Snowe, Charles Grassley, Jeff Bingaman, and Michael Enzi at all seriously is because, representing a grand total of 2.77 of the American population (including o% of our most urban populations or what used to be called the "industrial heartland" of America), they comprise 6% of the votes in the Senate. Like the small parties in Israel, they can extort unconscionable terms from prime ministers desperately seeking to build a majority in the Knesset, especially if we add to the other distortions in the Senate the truly pernicious consequences of the filibuster as a normal way of doing business. Were there no filibuster in the Senate, then who would really care what these senators are "demanding" in return for their votes?

Posted by Rick Hasen at September 1, 2009 07:30 AM