Democratic dreams of one-party rule were popped Wednesday when Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia made it very clear he would not allow his fellow Democrats to widen the partisan chasm ripping through American politics by eliminating the filibuster.
Manchin, a moderate, took his stand in an Op-Ed in The Washington Post, writing, “I have always said, ‘If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’”
The filibuster is a Senate rule that allows the minority party to block passage of legislation until at least 60 votes can be gathered to end the parliamentary stall and bring an issue to a vote. In effect, this requires whichever party holds the majority in the Senate to win support from members of the minority party to pass major legislation.
Ending the filibuster has become a cause for many Democrats this year as a way to ram home President Joe