Quorum Call — Anyone there?
In my various posts (and Northwestern Essay) about cloture reform, some commentators have said that the best solution is to make Senators conduct round-the-clock filibusters that bring all legislative business to a halt. Sure that’s costly, they say, but that will ensure that it will happen only when people are really serious.
Basically, that’s what’s happening in Wisconsin right now (and perhaps other states soon) with the walkout to take advantage of supermajority quorum rules. And it is costly for those states and for the minority party (they have to flee the state and can’t get anything else passed). You “old school” filibuster fans must think this is great, right? (From a procedural standpoint, of course.)