The Problem With The Filibuster

Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat from South Carolina) talks to reporters minutes after he emerged from the Senate chamber where he spoke a record-breaking 24-hours, 18 minutes, in a filibuster against a compromise Civil Rights bill, Aug. 29, 1957. His wife Jean, who kept a sometimes lonely vigil as one-person audience in the Senate gallery smiles in the background. William J. Smith/ AP Photo