When the Senate Worked

Ira Shapiro: We need to figure out a way for the Senate to be the Senate again.

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Will the Senate ever be able to operate like the Great Senate again?

Looking at what's happened, it's difficult to be optimistic. We live in a very vitriolic political culture, and it's much more difficult to be a senator than it used to beā€”much different kinds of pressures, much greater pressures. For that reason I think it is all the more important that the senators have to rise above it. I think we need men and women of ability and character to sort of make the Senate work again. I've got a few ideas about it and I'm sure other people do as well. I hope there's a national conversation about making the Senate work. While the election is what everyone is focused on, what we discovered in 2008 is that you can have a very clear election result and it still doesn't guarantee that the government will work. We need to figure out a way for the Senate to be the Senate again.

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