For your convenience, I’ll highlight what makes the proposed McCain/Levin filibuster “reform” (sic) worse than useless:
— Redundant filibusters, like the filibuster on the motion to proceed, and the multiple filibusters on conference reports, would be eliminated.
— If the minority leader and majority leader agree, the time it takes to vote to break a filibuster could be sped up from two days to two hours.
— More presidential nominees would qualify for fast-track consideration, unless a senator objected.
— The minority party would be guaranteed at least two amendments.
Point two is particularly priceless — “filibusters will proceed only in circumstances where the minority party wants them.” Yeah, that will solve everything!
Udall’s reform proposal isn’t great, but it moves the ball forward, and hopefully he has the votes. As Ezra says, McCain/Levin is just a diversion that would probably be worse than doing nothing.