Joy Behar ignores the story and suggests that if they win the Senate, GOP will overthrow the filibuster

“The View” co-host Joy Behar believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wouldn’t hesitate to get rid of the filibuster if Republicans retake the upper chamber — but history has something else to say

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin pushed back on the notion that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is “essentially a Republican” for supporting the filibuster — a procedural hurdle that requires 60 votes to defeat and advance most legislation .

“She doesn’t want the policies to just be reversed when the Senate changes,” Griffin said.

However, Behar suggested that Sinema’s defense of the legislative filibuster might be naïve because Republicans would be quick to eliminate him if he got in their way.

“Do you think it’s naïve to think that if the Republicans take over the House and Senate, they won’t overthrow the filibuster if it doesn’t work for them?” she asked.


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Behar continued, “She thinks she’s keeping the filibuster. Mitch McConnell has plans up his sleeve. Believe me.”

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But Griffin pushed back when she correctly pointed out that McConnell withstood repeated calls from former President Donald Trump to get rid of the filibuster.

While some on the left like to see McConnell as a cowardly political actor who would do anything to get his agenda through, he’s been around long enough to know that the Senate will eventually change hands. And when control of the Senate changes, the filibuster is a useful tool for the minority party.

McConnell got rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees in 2017. But his move came after Democrats scrapped him for other executive appointments. Apart from that, he has strongly opposed removing the procedural hurdle.

In 2018 McConnell said Politico On Trump’s pressure to get rid of the filibuster: “I don’t think the legislative filibuster, which has been around for a long time, is a problem. And I think it leads to some sort of bipartisan settlement on a lot of occasions, and I don’t think that’s always bad for the country.”

“I think that after pacing a few times, both sides understand the benefits of not being in the majority,” he added. “What I occasionally remind the President of when we have this discussion is nothing else [the filibuster] we would have socialized medicine [and] the right to work would have been abolished across the country.”


Sinema destroys Dems’ dream of destroying the filibuster – and then some

Once you get rid of the legislative filibuster – even if it’s just a spin-off – it’s unlikely to come back.

And eventually the other party will be in power, and they will use precedent to enforce their legislation.

Sinema knows that too.

Democrats and liberals may think that the “if we don’t do it now, the other side will” argument is a good excuse when it comes to changing the filibuster. However, history has shown that McConnell will not be the first to change the filibuster rules. But once the genie is out of the bottle, he’s not afraid to build on the precedent.

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