The Constant Filibuster

Bernstein thinks “it’s ridiculous to claim that there’s never been a filibuster against a cabinet nomination before; every single nominee that Barack Obama has sent up has been subject to 60 votes”:

Everyone covering the Senate needs to understand that Republican are requiring 60 votes for everything; that they’ve been doing so since January 2009; that prior to 2009, filibusters were frequent (since January 1993) but not universal; that very few Republicans have voted yes on cloture but no on the underlying substance on anything since January 2009; and that the name for requiring 60 votes is “filibuster.”