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Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a press conference on Capitol Hill, December 9, 2019. (Loren Elliott/Reuters) In the recent past, Democrats not only liberally employed the filibuster, they championed it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen West Virginia’s Joe Manchin closed the door on eliminating the legislative filibuster this week, promising not to “weaken or eliminate” the 60-vote threshold, he “dashed” the “dreams” of Democrats, according to the New York Times.

Hypocrisy is nothing new in Washington, but it takes a preternatural shamelessness to have participated in over 300 filibusters, as Democrats did in the past few years, and then one day turn around and treat the procedure as an odious racist relic that threatens “democracy.”

But this is an emergency, norm-breakers will tell you. Isn’t it always? Senator Jacky Rosen, after a quick reversal of position, …

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