I think we all knew that the growing call for filibuster reform was going to meet with some resistance eventually. Well, here it is: Senior Democrats say Reid will not have the votes to change the rule at the beginning of next year. "It won't happen," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said she would "probably not" support an effort to lower the number of votes needed to cut off filibusters from 60 to 55 or lower. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) echoed Feinstein: "I think we should retain the same policies that we have instead of lowering it. "I think …
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David Waldman is editor of Congress Matters and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.