Kevin Drum basically agrees with me that the filibuster exists because people in both parties want it to exist. "They mostly don't want to admit it," he writes, "but both Democrats and Republicans have always had an essentially defensive view of the power of government: They're more interested in stopping the other guys when they're in power than they are in getting their own things done when they're in power."
No, we did not leave out any links. There are none, probably because Drum does not say he agrees with McArdle on the filibuster. McArdle agrees with Drum that both parties want the filibuster, but saying that doesn't bolster McArdle's credibility. McArdle has done this before, but should realize that it's not at all necessary. The only people who respect her don't need corroboration, they just need someone to say what they want to hear. An Ivy League grad, a moose-huntin' crackpot--it doesn't matter in the slightest, to the conservative "intellectuals'" chagrin.