Annals of career "progressive" idiocy
Last week the Senate voted to invoke cloture on a bill to save the U.S. Postal Service. Ordinarily, "invoking cloture" means that the Senate agrees that there will be a simple-majority vote on the underlying bill. It requires 60 votes to invoke cloture but only 51 votes (or 50, if the vice-president breaks the tie) to pass a bill. When the Senate invoked cloture, they were saying that the Postal Service bill will not be filibustered. But looks can be deceiving. In order to get the Republicans to agree to a vote on the final bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid had to agree to the introduction of 39 (mostly frivolous) amendments. And those amendments (by the unanimous consent of the Senate) must get 60 votes to pass. In addition, the whole bill must get 60 votes to pass.
Of course, all this Insider Baseball foofra about the mechanics of the Senate would have been blown away if Obama and the Ds had invoked the nuclear option back, back when people still believed Obama had a mandate, and "hope and changed" hadn't turned into a cynical parody of what nobody should ever believe again about any legacy party candidate, ever. They didn't, which was one of the first signs that they weren't serious.
Well, I mean, serious about anything other than shooting Americans without due process, keeping DISemployment permanently high, making the big banks even bigger, and ratifying and normalizing everything Bush ever did. And on and on and on.
Poor Booman. He didn't used to need links from Eschaton; now I guess he must.