“The important thing for our Democratic friends to remember is you may not be in total control in the future. And any time you start fiddling around with the rules of the Senate you always need to put yourself in the other fellow’s shoes and just imagine what might happen when the winds shift,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters on Tuesday.
McConnell called on “responsible Democratic senators” not to be “stampeded by the hard left” and preserve “the one institution that guaranteed that America stayed in the middle of the road.”
While these warnings-from-your-mortal-enemies are obviously being made in bad faith, they’re worth paying attention to. McConnell wants the legislative filibuster because, on net, it’s a massive advantage to reactionary interests. Republicans can do most of what they want to do without it; Democrats can’t. If McConnell thought the legislative filibuster hurt Republicans overall it would have been gone in January 2017.
The obvious response is for Democrats to kill it as soon as they get a trifecta. It’s not a complicated question.