Your Dad’s Dems Passed Bills by Constitutional Means

On a related note to Eric’s post yesterday, I argued over at my TrueSlant blog that unlike their modern counterparts, Democrats of the 1960s passed legislation by constitutional means. Here is a snippet:

As Robert Mann showed in his overlooked The Walls of Jericho, Democrats in the 1960s passed civil rights legislation by changing the number of votes required to sustain a filibuster. (The new rule was two-thirds of the Senators present and voting; the previous one “two-thirds of the Senators duly chosen and sworn). Those Democrats — the pre-1972 ones — acted in accordance with the Constitution. 


  • Mark Stricherz

    Mark Stricherz is the author of Why the Democrats Are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People’s Party.

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