In the NYTs todayPaul Krugman uses political scientist Barbara Sinclair broke down the filabuster dance that renders the Senate virtually disfunctional because of Republican obstructionists.
In the 60s, threatened or actual filibusters — affected only 8 percent of major legislation
the 1980s, that had risen to 27 percent.
after 2006 when Republicans gained minority status 70 percent.
Krugman assesses_ “Bush-era Democrats weren’t nearly as determined to frustrate the majority party, at any cost, as Obama-era Republicans. Certainly, Democrats never did anything like what Republicans did last week: G.O.P. senators held up spending for the Defense Department — which was on the verge of running out of money — in an attempt to delay action on health care.”
So, they have been delaying, using every dusty procedural wrench they could to derail any legislation, And they are such sore and vengeful loosers, they insisted that the latest consessions be read out loud in Senate, then accuse the Dems of manipulating a middle of the night vote to keep the details secret.
That mental giant Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) gravely pronounced, “Our friends on the Democratic side seem determined to pursue a political kamikaze mission toward a historic mistake.”
Well Lamar the AMA disagreed with you today and that and your party’s tactics will not go unnoticed.