The right loves to point out that- even since the midterm elections, Obama and the Dems control “2/3” of the legislative branch of government. Which is *true* in the strictest sense. 51 Dems, 2 independents, 47 Republicans.
But since Obama took office, and especially since the midterm elections we have seen a sharp, record setting rise of the use of the filibuster, led by republicans. A filibuster that requires 60 votes to override. Effectively shutting down discussion of any, and every topic the republicans don’t want to discuss- which apparently, is most things.
Now, one of the top lawyers in the nation, Emmet Bondurant, is suing to have the fillibuster declared uncostiutional. He laid out his reasoning in the Harvard Law School Journal on Legislation in 2011.
More in an article at the Washington Post here