Since both sides will always want to weaken it when they are in the majority and ward it off when in the minority, how will filibustering ever be reformed? The only one way that I can think comes if there is a close presidential and Senate elections in four years. I'm not a fan of "pledging" generally, but Senate candidates should pledge for agreed upon rule reform when it is unknown who the new president or make up of the Senate will be, so no one will know which side will get the advantage. Reform 1 - no filibustering for presidential appointments; 2 - end filling the tree (this is related reform); 3 - all amendments must be germane. 4 - all matters get voted on, electronically, within 168 hours (automatic via . . .