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Seven years ago, the Heritage Foundation called for “ending the filibuster of qualified judges.” Now, Heritage deems the filibuster “the soul of the Senate” and attempts to reform it a “partisan power grab.”
Some of those singing a different tune now try to justify their switch by suggesting that the situation today is different from the situation a few years ago: Today’s filibusters are somehow worse (or better) than yesteryear’s. A few may actually convince themselves, momentarily, that we have always been at war with Eastasia. But at bottom they’re really just blowing smoke. When control of the Senate switches back, so will they.
That’s what makes January the perfect time to debate filibuster reform. The month was named after Janus—the Roman god who had two faces.