At the same time, Democrats say the apparently unbridgeable health care divide has convinced them that Republicans are dedicated solely to blocking legislative proposals for political purposes. Several said they now realized that they would have to rely strictly on their own caucus to advance such defining issues as climate change in 2010.
“We have crossed the mark of over 100 filibusters and acts of procedural obstruction in less than one year,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, said on the floor Sunday. “Never since the founding of the Republic, not even in the bitter sentiments preceding Civil War, was such a thing ever seen in this body.”
Shorter NY Times: “Democratic congresscritters finally cotton onto an obvious fact that progressive bloggers have known since at least 2006, if not earlier.”
Let us hope that the above isn’t merely a case of wishful writer’s license on the part of the Times. It’s been pretty obvious for quite some time, to anyone who wasn’t either a) such a beltway Democratic insider that they suffered a can’t-tell-forest-from-trees” problem, or b) a teabagger, that today’s GOP has no interest whatsoever in sharing power, relinquishing control, governing or even merely acting in good faith and the interest of the American people.
It’s about — OK, it’s actually waaaay past — time our elected Democrats start to realize it, too…and start acting accordingly.
And yes, I mean you too, Mr. President. Maybe especially you, sir.