“Given what’s happening in Congress, you may be growing more sympathetic than ever to the idea that we just should go ahead and abolish the Senate. While that won’t happen any time soon, real reform could happen, starting with eliminating the filibuster.
“If it does, it will be because of what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his Republican colleagues are doing right now.
“So while we will hopefully emerge from our current crisis without defaulting on the United States’ financial obligations, in the long run, McConnell may deserve our thanks. He’s making the most powerful case imaginable for why the Senate must be changed.
“Just as they did when Barack Obama was president, Republicans are forcing the country into a crisis over the debt ceiling, a festering carbuncle on the body of U.S. fiscal policy that serves no practical purpose other than to allow the minority party to threaten economic calamity.”
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