1. The Democrats need a game-changer, soon.
2. Their single biggest rhetorical failure has been their inability to make Republican obstruction the issue, so Democrats get blamed when Republicans succeed in blocking legislation.
3. Jim DeMint just announced that he would personally block any piece of legislation he dislikes, using the threat of a filibuster to make it impossible to act before the planned adjournment Thursday.
The obvious conclusion is that:
1. There is a God; and
2. He’s on the Democrats’ side, if they have the nerve and the wit to accept a gift from an enemy.
Harry Reid should announce that he’s not giving into obstructionist blackmail, name a few pieces of legislation – middle class tax cut, continuing resolution to keep the government funded, Defense authorization with the DREAM Act and DADT repeal – and a few confirmations as “must haves,” and say that he will not allow the Senate to adjourn until it has voted on each of his key items: not passed them, just voted on them. “We’re not here to campaign for re-election; we’re here to get the people’s business done. First things first. The Senate will not go on vacation until it’s done its work.”
That creates the kind of drama reporters love. And it would give the Dems a chance to make it clear who’s gumming up the works.
If only I believed that Reid had it in him.