The idea is to create a carveout for legislation, like the voting rights bill, that applies to the Constitution. In that case, the filibuster would still remain in tact for other issues. Clyburn said he’s brought it up with White House counselor Steve Ricchetti, Office of Public Engagemenet Director Cedric Richmond, and even Vice President Kamala Harris. It’s unclear if anyone was receptive, but Clyburn seems to determined to keep making the pitch since he believes “Democrats can kiss the majority goodbye” if the bill isn’t passed, Politico reports.
Clyburn said he also held a one-one-one meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who has remained steadfast in his opposition to nuking the filibuster, telling him: “I’m not asking you to eliminate the filibuster. … But what I’m saying to you is that nobody ought to have the right to filibuster my constitutional rights.”
First, notice Clyburn’s comment that Democrats can kiss the majority goodbye without the federalization of elections. What an admission! The federal election takeover bill doesn’t have anything to do with free and fair elections. It has everything to do with forcing a permanent Democratic majority.
Second, almost any bill in the Senate could be spun as a “constitutional issue.” After all, the Constitution is the creation document for our nation and the Senate. Everything they do has a root in that document. So what Clyburn is advocating is not really a carveout. It is the elimination of the filibuster. Now, an argument can be made for eliminating the filibuster, but let’s not pretend that this is something different.