Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Ezra Klein asks:

Will the Kentucky Derby end the Republican filibuster of FinReg?

Word is that the Democrats might make the Republicans actually filibuster FinReg tonight. That is to say, stand on the floor and talk and talk and talk. And if the Democrats are serious about forcing the Republicans to really filibuster the bill, this is the right week for it: The Kentucky Derby starts Friday, and Kentucky's senior senator, Mitch McConnell, would surely prefer to attend....

Well, he has been known to attend the Derby -- but it seems more likely he'll just keep saying "No" and then whine about how the Democrats are forcing him to do it, even on Derby Day. After all, whining about how Democrats are forcing you to miss sporting events when the real reason is your own intransigence and obstructionism is kind of a tradition for Republican senators for Kentucky. Remember?

...Democrats made repeated attempts to pass the extension [of unemployment benefits] by unanimous consent, and [Senator Jim] Bunning blocked them all. He then complained that the Democrats' insistence on trying to ensure that unemployment benefits not expire had caused him to miss a college basketball game:

I want to assure the people that have, heh, watched this thing until quarter of twelve -- and I have missed the Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9 o’clock, 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.... If we'd have taken the longer version of the job bill...we wouldn't have spent three hours plus telling everybody in the United States of America that Senator Bunning doesn't give a damn about the people that are on unemployment.

Everything is our fault, needless to say. Even GOP muleheadedness is our fault.

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