By filibustering everything from major votes to procedural formalities to the morning prayer, Republicans have managed to effectively shut down the Senate without paying any political price for it. Maybe the media isn’t interested at letting Americans know why even 97-0 landslide bills can’t make it out of Congress, maybe Democrats can’t message. My answer is yes to both. Whatever the reason, it’s hard to deny that the nimrods who spent years weeping about horrible obstructionist Democrats are in a happy place right now.
That’s why I don’t worry too much when the party of NO!! one1!1!! threatens some sort of procedural meltdown over an obscure Bush nominee. In he post-Enron era it would bother me not at all if the GOP chooses to line up behind a rigidly ideological corporatist fruitcake. Better yet, the Senate is basically shut down already even if most people don’t get why. If the GOP wants to jump up and shout about what they’re already doing then I say great. Let ’em.