A rare retraction from George Will:
In 2003, after many years of stoutly defending the filibuster, this columnist, his reason unhinged by the unconscionable filibuster against Miguel Estrada's confirmation to an appellate court, endorsed changing Senate rules to prevent such things. Now to make amends, herewith a credo:
The filibuster is an important defense of minority rights, enabling democratic government to measure and respect not merely numbers but also intensity in public controversies. Filibusters enable intense minorities to slow the governmental juggernaut. Conservatives, who do not think government is sufficiently inhibited, should cherish this blocking mechanism. And someone should puncture Republicans' current triumphalism by reminding them that someday they will again be in the minority.
This is also a good opportunity to point out an op ed in today's LA Times on the "nuclear option" contemplated by Senate conservatives to head off future filibusters. Here's hoping cooler heads prevail and that some of those conservatives, like Will, see the danger in this strategy.