It remains in the Senate - and is there under threat for the same reason. A tool designed for rare occasions has become the everyday tool of resisting the overwhelming majority. The Irish Nationalists in the 19th Century weakened the rights of minorities in Parliament for ever, over a cause that is no longer an issue. Demonstrating is one thing, but when a legislative body is unable to function, action needs to be taken. Unless some Senators start treating this exceptional power with respect, they will force changes that will hurt minorities, and the Senate itself - forever.
This article appeared in "The Hill" last week.