Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- In 2008, Barack Obama promised to
change the way Washington works. In 2013, we might actually see
that change. But it won’t be because of Obama. It will be
because a critical mass of senators -- perhaps even including
some Republicans -- decide enough is enough: It’s time to rein
in the filibuster.
The problem with a president promising to “change
Washington” is that the presidency isn’t the part of Washington
that’s broken. The systemic gridlock, dysfunction and
polarization that so frustrates the country isn’t located in the
executive branch. It’s centered in Congress. And one of its key
enablers is Senate Rule XXII -- better known as the filibuster.