When Richard Arenberg, a longtime Democratic congressional staffer, co-wrote a book in 2012 defending the Senate’s filibuster, he was pleasantly surprised to get a nice reaction from a high-level reviewer: He received a complimentary note from then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Great job,” reads the note that hangs in the office of Mr. Arenberg, who now teaches at Brown University.
It wasn’t just Mr. Biden who liked the book; the foreword was co-written by Ted Kaufman, a longtime Biden Senate aide who took over Mr. Biden’s Senate seat when his former boss became vice president.
The note merely underscores how Mr. Biden is being torn by the debate over the filibuster, now under sustained attack from critics on his Democratic Party’s progressive left.
The debate has brought both the Senate and the Biden administration to an important inflection point; both will be living with the consequences of this moment for years to come.
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