As I type this, we’re nearing hour six of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders’ real live filibuster on the tax compromise:


Bernie is a socialist – there’s not a lot I agree with him on. But I’m enjoying the old-school Senator-ing that’s going on. Anymore, filibusters are usually just threatened – nobody actually mans up and does the deed. The current Senate’s forbearers would likely scoff at the bluffs that are the norm today. Back in the day, talking for days on end didn’t seem like such a big deal when you had to worry about receiving a cane beating on the floor of the Senate.


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