Last week, Vox explained both the Senate filibuster and its history, calling it The weird rule that broke American politics.
The filibuster started as an accident. Today it lets the losers rule Congress.The bottom line is that the filibuster was not always with us, so it may not always will be with us. I expect that if Democrats win control of the presidency and the Senate in 2020, it might go in 2021. I don't know if I'll be all that upset to see it gone.
The US Senate is supposed to pass laws. But today, it’s broken. And it’s broken because of something called the filibuster, which has been part of Senate tradition for over 200 years. But the filibuster came into being by accident. And today, some politicians are suggesting we should get rid of it entirely.