Al Gore Endorses Filibuster Reform

Speaking at the South by Southwest conference earlier this week, former President-elect (and United States Senator) Al Gore said that he is “for changing” the Senate’s increasingly unworkable filibuster rule, although he expressed pessimism that doing so is an achievable goal. Gore’s comments came in response to a question by ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Faiz Shakir. As Gore noted, several Democratic senators “tried a novel approach at the beginning of this Congress, and it was squelched.” Gore expressed more optimism, however, that social media and other Internet advocacy tools can be used to put “pressure” on elected officials to “do the right thing.” Watch it: