Argument: Filibuster helps flag controversial issues for the public
Joanne Mariner. "In Defense of the Filibuster". History News Network. December 9, 2002: "Because of its potent nature, the filibuster is a means not simply of counting heads, but of assessing the intensity of views on a given subject. Simply put, the use of the filibuster raises the stakes in a debate, signaling to the public that an issue, or a nominee, is worth getting exercised over."