The first two years of Trump, yes they could have ended the filibuster. But Trump never had a legislative agenda. Outside of the tax cuts, the GOP, Trump, didn't have anything they wanted passed. Besides, with all the polls at that time showing how disliked and unpopular Trump was, the writing was on the wall that the GOP would lose big in 2018. Say what you will about McConnell, he knows his politics. The Republicans had absolutely no reason during Trump first two years to do away with the filibuster.
Under G.W. Bush which the GOP held congress for his first six years, tradition held. No senator on either side of the aisle ever even considered doing away with the filibuster. That all changed under Obama. Reid set the agenda with his precedence setting first use of the nuclear option. Once Reid did that, the filibuster was on life support. Not dead, but dying, it was just a matter of time.
Since the GOP really hasn't a legislative agenda, they have no need to do away with the filibuster. I think the GOP, McConnell will let it stay. That the GOP, like the first use of the nuclear option is to let the Democrats do away with the filibuster. Then later when the Republicans are back in power, the presidency and control of congress, to use the gift of no filibuster given to them by the democrats to repeal much of the Democrats agenda, much of their previous passed legislation. Then say thank you democrats as they said thank you Reid for the nuclear option when it came to the SCOTUS.
Let the Democrats do away with the filibuster to pass voting rights or whatever, then once in power, the Republicans can easily repeal that legislation along with any other they want. Then the GOP can pass very restrictive voting rights, there would be nothing to stop them until the Democrats regain power to repeal it. The above is just an example.
Just remember, whatever legislation is passed without the filibuster can easily be repealed and replace without the filibuster.
Last edited by perotista; 10/28/21 06:30 PM.