From the Department of Duh, via TPM:
“The Republican leader thinks things are going well here. He’s in a distinct minority because things aren’t going well around here,” Reid said. “Lyndon Johnson: one cloture. Reid: 386. That says it all.”
Only 3 percent of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate ever get passed. The Senate is dysfunctional, because of Republican abuse of the filibuster to impose a de facto supermajority requirement for nearly all legislation.
Two years ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked filibuster reform. Now he says he’s willing to consider either a “talking filibuster,” which makes senators stand up and take responsibility for obstructing legislation, or a plan to make the “motion to proceed” non-debatable, which would eliminate the minority’s power to keep bills from reaching the Senate floor.
If Senator Mitch McConnell were the majority leader, he would immediately get rid of the filibuster. It only takes 51 votes to change the Senate rules.