Adam Jentleson, author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate, joined The Takeaway to discuss the efficacy of the filibuster and whether it should be included in modern politics.
“You have to assume he’s doing what’s best for his 2022ers and work backwards from there,” said progressive strategist Adam Jentleson, a longtime McConnell critic. “In the past, that has always been obstruction. Now, maybe he needs a dash of cooperation to show voters and potential recruits like Sununu that Republicans aren’t totally crazy.”
“On voting rights, President Joe Biden is failing to meet the moment,” said Adam Jentleson, who worked for former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and now heads the Battle Born Collective, a progressive group.
“On voting rights, President Joe Biden is failing to meet the moment,” Adam Jentleson of Battle Born Collective said in a statement soon after the speech.
Today, in response to the speech President Joe Biden gave on voting rights, Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement.
“The right lesson to draw from this is it’s simply an impossible task right now to get to 60 votes on issues that are even remotely controversial,” said Adam Jentleson, who was a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “It’s hard to see how you can do the process any better than [Manchin] did. If you don’t take away the lesson that the system needs to be fixed, I don’t know what to tell you.”
“Groups such as the Battle Born Collective and Common Cause have pushed Sens. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to back changes to Senate rules — even blaming them for the failure to pass legislation.”
“If the silent filibuster is a “Kill Switch,” as Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff to Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), titled his 2021 book about the filibuster, then the talking filibuster is a war of attrition. But is it better? What is lost when senators no longer have to stand up for what they believe?”
Today, The Supreme Court ruled that two restrictive provisions on a Republican Arizona voting law do not violate the Voting Rights Act. Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement in response.
“I don’t know how voters will come out and vote for you in 2022 and 2024 if you don’t deliver on anything you promised,” Tré Easton, a senior adviser for the Battle Born Collective, a group advocating for filibuster reform, told Bloomberg. “What President Biden and the Democrats do now is determinative.”
“The Republican commitment to unrepentant obstruction of even bipartisan proposals is on full display,” Tré Easton, a senior adviser with the anti-filibuster group Battle Born Collective, said in a statement. “The Democratic response cannot be unilateral disarmament.”
“It wasn’t long ago the conventional wisdom was this was unthinkable,” said Tre Easton, a senior adviser at Battle Born Collective, a group advocating for change. “Now you see what a filibuster does to a Democratic agenda.”