Argument: During turmoil, filibusters impede government progress
George Kenney. "Kill the filibuster rule." Los Angeles Times. March 5, 2009: "During a time when the nation will need a lot of legislation quickly, it seems absurd that the Senate binds itself to an obsolete supermajority rule requiring 60 votes to end a filibuster and force a vote. What's so magic about the number 60? Why should 41 senators -- coincidentally the current number of Republicans -- be able to block public policy indefinitely?"