This puppy doesn’t know who to vote for because lines of democratic accountability have been obscured.The filibuster stands today as the single most important impediment to the significant reforms needed in America's climate/energy policies, its immigration policies, its labor law policies, and its need for a functioning judiciary. But beyond that, the filibuster has become a critical force undermining the workings of democratic accountability. Democracy shouldn't be identified strictly with majority rule. Indeed, in a past era the filibuster arguably played a role in facilitating democracy. It allowed legislators with unusually strong preferences to sometimes get their way in blocking …
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Matthew Yglesias is a fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. He's been blogging at various venues since the Internet Stone Age of January 2002. In addition to the blog, he's a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a regular columnist for The Daily Beast.