Normal human beings—let’s call them real Americans—cannot understand why, 10 months after President Obama’s inauguration, Congress is still tied down in a procedural torture chamber trying to pass the health care bill Obama promised in his campaign.
The rules have changed. The extraconstitutional filibuster is being used by the minority, with extraordinary success, to make the majority look foolish, ineffectual and incompetent. By using Republican obstructionism as a vehicle for forcing through their own narrow agendas, supposedly moderate Democratic senators will only make themselves complicit in this humiliation.
Friday, November 20, 2009
"GOP Obstruction Goes Unnoticed—and Unpunished"
E. J. Dionne (WaPo):