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April 22, 2013 12:13 PM Everything that’s Wrong with American Politics Coverage in One Convenient Sentence

By Seth Masket

Maureen Dowd:

Even House Republicans who had no intention of voting for the gun bill marveled privately that the president could not muster 60 votes in a Senate that his party controls.

Point one: Yeah, isn’t it weird how the Democrats control 55 seats but couldn’t get 60 votes on a controversial measure?

Point two: You know what word is strangely missing from this column? “Filibuster.” That is, if the minority Republicans insist on every bill needing 60 votes for passage, then Democrats don’t really “control” the Senate. Having more than 50 seats but fewer than 60 entitles them to do little more today than name the Majority Leader.

Point three: Seriously, nearly every Republican voted no, as they have on just about every measure on Obama’s agenda, but they expressed bewilderment to you that Democrats couldn’t woo more of them? And you believed them?

[Crossed-posted at Mischiefs of Faction]

Seth Masket is an associate professor of political science at the University of Denver.
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