"'This was a pivotal week,' said Adam Jentleson, a former Senate Democratic leadership aide and author of the book 'Kill Switch,' which argues that the filibuster is crippling American democracy. 'Manchin's comments were certainly encouraging, but the most important thing may be the fact that zero Republicans voted for the American Rescue Plan. I think that drives home the need for reform more than anything else.'"This is why I think the filibuster is the most important thing to work on right now. If no Republicans will support widely popular (and more important--obviously necessary) legislation, imagine how much support they'll lend to things that aren't as popular. We need to get over this myth that there are two parties operating in good faith to make the government work.