John Cole’s argument on reforming (not doing away with) the filibuster. And he also has the most delightful ways of describing politicians:
If I were to reform it, the reform would be simple. When someone filibusters, the Senate shuts down. Period. No committee meetings, nothing. And it stays shut down until the filibuster is defeated. Make people pay a political price for filibustering bullshit, but keep it in place to defend issues like civil rights.
Other reforms I would like to see are getting rid of anonymous holds, and changing the rules so that appointees get a, get this–up or down vote. No more dragging that out forever. The President proposes someone for a position, you vote on it. No more endless committee hearings, no more scuttling the nomination because McCain missed his Geritol or Mary Landrieu wants to tongue-kiss the oil industry.