McClatchy lays out Senate Republicans' record-paced obstructionism and provides us with the graphic to the right (emphasis added by me):
This year Senate Republicans are threatening filibusters to block more legislation than ever before, a pattern that's rooted in — and could increase — the pettiness and dysfunction in Congress. ...There was a time, I like to call it "2005," when Republicans decried blocking up-or-down votes. I guess this is just another case of Republicans hypocritically not holding themselves to their own standards. (HT: C&L and TP)
Seven months into the current two-year term, the Senate has held 42 "cloture" votes aimed at shutting off extended debate — filibusters, or sometimes only the threat of one — and moving to up-or-down votes on contested legislation. Under Senate rules that protect a minority's right to debate, these votes require a 60-vote supermajority in the 100-member Senate.
Democrats have trouble mustering 60 votes; they've fallen short 22 times so far this year. That's largely why they haven't been able to deliver on their campaign promises.
By sinking a cloture vote this week, Republicans successfully blocked a Democratic bid to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by April, even though a 52-49 Senate majority voted to end debate. ...
Nearly 1 in 6 roll-call votes in the Senate this year have been cloture votes. If this pace of blocking legislation continues, this 110th Congress will be on track to roughly triple the previous record number of cloture votes — 58 each in the two Congresses from 1999-2002, according to the Senate Historical Office.
New Hamshpire: Blue Hampshire catches Sprintin' John Sununu in a massive case of denial on Iraq vs. the War on Terror and on 2008 political dynamics. Meanwhile, the Concord Monitor profiles Senate candidate, professor and former astronaut Jay Buckey.
Virginia: Word is, popular former Governor Mark Warner is thinking about running for office soon.
Kentucky: What? You haven't seen any negative local press on Mitch McConnell in the last five minutes? Well, the Louisville Courier-Journal delivers:
If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is upset about being portrayed as a blinkered partisan, maybe he should try something new.And it goes on and on. Do read the whole thing. (HT: DMKY)
It's called leadership.
And there is no more important issue on which to exhibit it than on the Iraq war. But instead of living up to his title, Sen. McConnell prefers to bury his head in the sand and ignore facts on the ground, not to mention the public's dwindling support for this conflict.
Michael Moore will be liveblogging on Crooks & Liars at 4pm Eastern today. Check it out and bring questions. And then see SiCKO. Again.