Friday, February 04, 2005

Chemerinsky Contradicts Himself on Filibusters

His position on the use of filibusters apparently has "evolved" since 1997 as pointed out on the Volokh Conspiracy here.

Here's what he said in a law review article in 1997:

The modern filibuster . . . has little to do with deliberation and even less to do with debate. The modern filibuster is simply a minority veto, and a powerful one at that. It is not part of a long Senate tradition and history alone cannot justify it.

And here's the tune he's singing today:

The filibuster has existed since the earliest days of American history. Those who wish to eliminate a practice after 200 years have a heavy burden to meet