Republicans' Filibuster Fixation

Face the facts: Republicans were bigger users of filibusters under Obama than Democrats were in the Bush era.

Yes, Strom Thurmond's 1957 filibuster counts.

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Counting filibusters is legitimately difficult. But Ed Whelan, in a rejoinder at National Review to both an item of mine and to, well, reality, breaks the first rule of doing this. If Strom Thurmond’s famous record-breaking filibuster wouldn’t count as one under your measure, something’s gone horribly wrong in your analysis.

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