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Tilting at Windmills

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December 19, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

SMOKIN'....Republicans in the Senate have broken the all-time obstructionism record a mere 11 months into the current congressional session. Congratulations, GOP!

UPDATE: Ezra has it in handy chart form here. Everything's better in chart form, isn't it?

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ALL HAIL OUR GLORIOUS REPUBLICUN LEADERS IN WASHINGTON!! They have achieved what no politicians have done before: They have completely replaced leadership with spineless and perfidious buckpassing! They have perfected the skill of completely projecting their incompetence and venality onto the opposition party. Now, no matter what the Democrats do, it will be their fault. Even Democrats will blame everything on the Democrats!

Posted by: CT on December 19, 2007 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

This should be political ad #1 from now until November 2008. I can't imagine that there isn't SOMEONE who can frame this in 15-, 30-, and 60-second ads that can wake this country up.

Posted by: Art Smith on December 19, 2007 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Can we replace Reid with someone more effective? Maybe bring back Tom Daschle?

Posted by: anonymous on December 19, 2007 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Since the Democrats cannot manage the Senate and the Republicans cannot and Senator Joe Lie is all about himself, the only person left who could possibly take over the job is Senator Sanders. I would be thrilled to see Bernie running the show, particularly if the Republicans have decided they won't do a thing anyway.

Posted by: freelunch on December 19, 2007 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Let's set the record straight. The republicans haven't actually filibustered anything yet. All they have to do is threaten a filibuster and the demos cave in. What happened to the old up or down vote demand or the nuclear option that THEY threatened to use. At the very least the democrats could force them to actually conduct a filibuster. That ought to get their obstinance to a front and center position in the daily newspaper and the nightly news. Harry Reid really needs to grow a set of big ones on this.

Posted by: sparky on December 19, 2007 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP has always made better doors than windows.

To apply the basic rules of supply and demand, the GOP's over-supply of doors comes at a time of decreasing demand for them. This is causing the GOP's value to drop dramatically.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on December 19, 2007 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Sparky just proved my point. Republicuns screw things up, Democrats get the blame. Genius!

Posted by: CT on December 19, 2007 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

Sparky...I thought that was supposed to be an "upperdown" vote.

Posted by: DMC on December 19, 2007 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Instead of blaming the 1 vote majority Democrats, people should be working on getting another 9 Democrats into the senate in 2008.

Look, if Reid did force an "actual filibuster" on over 60 bills it wouldn't change the outcome one iota. Republicans and the Media would kill the Democrats for wasting time on foregone conclusions and getting even less work done in the Senate. This is a lose-lose for the Dems.

So shut up and start working. My goal is to make sure Norm Coleman isn't my senator after 2008. The rest of you who have a Republican Senate seat up in 2008 should be doing the same.

Posted by: tomeck on December 19, 2007 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

On the bipartisan bright side, fiscally irresponsible House Dems today joined with GOPers to punch a $50B hole into the budget by giving tax breaks to those who make over $150k.

Posted by: Disputo on December 19, 2007 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

One other thing: when Democrats blocked legislation, it was because it was the only way they could stop it, since if it was passed Bush would sign it.

Republicans are obstructing just to obstruct. They could allow Congress to vote as usual and let Bush veto, but I guess they just love him too much to do that.

Posted by: JoshA on December 19, 2007 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK
Can we replace Reid with someone more effective? Maybe bring back Tom Daschle?
Why would we do that?

If we're going to go for the impossible, then there's only one route to go: Zombie Paul Wellstone for Majority Leader!

Posted by: R Johnston on December 19, 2007 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

Retardicans make the best fruitcake money can buy...

Posted by: elmo on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM | PERMALINK

And to celebrate Dick Cheney's office burst into flames.

Posted by: Ross Best on December 19, 2007 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

And to celebrate Dick Cheney's office burst into flames.

One of the downsides to having frequent visits from Satan.

Posted by: Disputo on December 19, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

The list of bills filibustered by Republicans here [PDF]
The Block and Blame strategy. Works for them but not for Democrats. That's the advantage of owning the media.

Posted by: Mike on December 20, 2007 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

And don't you like that way that Fred Hiatt's editorial this morning on "Congress's Mixed Results" had the subhead "Democratic promises meet legislative reality."

That's right, folks - a new record for obstruction is simply "legislative reality" when the GOP is doing the obstructing.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on December 20, 2007 at 6:03 AM | PERMALINK

In light of the GOP's willingness to filibuster everything that moves, someone should really ask all three leading Dem candidates what they plan to do when 41 GOP Senators block cloture on their entire legislative agenda.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on December 20, 2007 at 6:10 AM | PERMALINK

Very funny - liberals blaming others for their own lameness. Same old story - when you elect a bunch of weak-poll driven progressives and a pair them with blue dog Democrats you get.... conservative wins.

Republicans have been winning the latest special elections - Louisiana and Ohio, two places they were suppose to recieve the blame due to scandal and Katrina. Wonder what is going on?

If only Hillary would win the nomination!

Posted by: Orwell on December 20, 2007 at 8:30 AM | PERMALINK

ahhh the good old days....remember?

"All we want is an up or down vote!" - gop 2006

so much for that...

meanwhile...


orwell: Wonder what is going on?

6-gop senators and 12-gop congressmen have decided not to continue in their positions..

even those (like Lott) with years left in their terms..

cutting and NOT running?

gop: quitting = winning


Posted by: mr. irony on December 20, 2007 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

Here's the irony: The Democrats allowed Alito to be confirmed to avoid Republicans using the "Nuclear Option" that would eliminate the filibuster. They should have just gone ahead and called their bluff.

Posted by: Daryl McCullough on December 20, 2007 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: mhr on December 20, 2007 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK
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