James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It was hard to filibuster back then.
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Here’s a way to address the tactic used to stall the Senate and upend presidential agendas.
The original filibuster was hard to do, and for most of its history required continuous speaking presence, or a relay, to be valid. The minority opposition could only realistically perform a filibuster over deeply felt issues. Now, it's become so routine that the Senate needs 60 votes to pass almost everything. It's time to go back to the Jimmy Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington model of the speaking filibuster.