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Scrooge makes triumphant return to politics

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Ahhhhhhhhh…the South…

Wow, why don’t I live there again?  OH, right…

You’ll recall it was just a few weeks ago that the good republican senator from Alabama, Richard “Dick” (see the pattern?) Shelby, who placed a blanket hold on about 70 presidential nominations so his favorite defense contractor could get a little more cash.  What’s that?  You’ve never heard of a “hold”?  Its apparently a very, non-controversial (unlike the “controversial” process of reconciliation, where a majority actually DOES rule) “parliamentary tactic” whereby a single senator can grind the entire government to a halt for any nonsensical reason, and anonymously if he so chooses (a “secret hold”).

So, Dick eventually relented on most of the holds, citing a job well done in bringing attention to his unrepetant corporate servitude national security issues.  BUT, not to be out done in sheer jerkwad-ness, Kentucky’s own Jim Bunning, yet another elderly white male republican senator, blocked a short term extension of unemployment benefits for more than 1 million out-of-work Americans.

And in a classic “let them eat cake” moment, complained, while senate Democrats repeatedly sought unanimous consent to a vote in the chamber:  “I have missed the Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9:00, and it’s the only redeeming chance we had to beat South Carolina since they’re the only team that has beat Kentucky this year.”

He eventually relented, but the damage was done – furloughed employees, stalled infrastructure projects…  The compromise was this:  the good senator was allowed to introduce an amendment to close a tax loophole for paper companies…the amendment was voted down.  Well done sir, well done.

That’s right, folks.  Forget majorities, forget SUPERmajorities…all it takes is one prick to hold everything up…EVERYTHING.

Are we going to be able to do this?  Are we going to be able to do anything?


Written by D. Heffernan

March 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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