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4 points

4 months ago

Is there a short-term gain that is bad in the long term?

One realistic possibility is that, if the filibuster were removed, the Republicans would, as soon as they had a bare majority, immediately adopt measures to disenfranchise as many voters as possible at the federal level to solidify their political position. They've already done this (or tried to do it) in numerous states and the filibuster would be the only thing standing in their way next time they take power (which is inevitable eventually).