On separate occasions earlier this year, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias informed voters that he supported changing the rules of the U.S. Senate to rein in the ever-increasing use of the filibuster. "The process has become a complete mess," he said at a Chicago event in May. Giannoulias got more specific in a DailyKos entry yesterday, coming out in favor of Sen. Tom Udall's (D-NM) "constitutional option" proposal. Here's a video from the campaign in which the candidate explains why the anti-majoritarian requirement needs fixing:
While momentum for filibuster reform is growing in Washington, a handful of incumbent Democrats told The Hill today they had no interest in lowering the 60-vote bar necessary to end debate on legislation. (OpenLeft's updated whip count is here.) That means a Giannoulias victory in November could be crucial if a bloc of senators attempt to modify Senate procedure at the beginning of the next Congress in January.