Been there. Done that. The Republicans in the Senate seem to never learn. Their antics gain them momentary acknowledgement, then waft off like smoke from a chimney on a windy day.
The latest shenanigans in the Senate is the GOP's plan to talk all day and night to hold up an inevitable vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. From THE HILL:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started the extended debate Wednesday afternoon by slamming Pillard’s nomination and decrying the Democrats’ unilateral effort to rewrite Senate procedures.
A GOP source said that so far 36 senators have signed up for hour-long speaking slots on the Senate floor, which would tie up business until early Friday morning.
The tactic is similar to all-night talk sessions Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held on the floor to protest the administration’s drone policy and the Affordable Care Act, respectively.
If anyone's curious about the effectiveness of this type of stunt, just ask Paul and Cruz. How did that work out for them? I think the drone policy and the ACA Law are still viable -- though the "Green Eggs And Ham" recitation was quite amusing. Maybe Cruz will read us "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" if he's back in time from the Mandela funeral.
So what's this really meant to do? Do the GOP senators really think America, tired and hungry with poor jobs opportunities and upcoming cuts to food stamps and unemployment benefits gives a flying "F" about this gaggle of incredulously selfish Republican men (and four women) stunting for attention? Do we care that the Senate might have to stay in session and lose one additional day of paid vacation while we hunger for jobs and food? Guess again. I hope they talk for 40 days and 40 nights -- work through the holidays and New Years. You're not going to get an ounce of compassion from the masses. We've had it with you.
A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the GOP floor protest will not stop the Senate from voting on other nominees Thursday.
"All they're doing is highlighting their own impotence," said the aide. "The Republicans no longer have the tools to delay that they had before."
The only thing Republicans are proving is that the "O" in GOP stands for 'Obstruction.' America's seen enough of that and now they want action. The Democrats are hell bent on providing it, too. The 'nuclear option' is going to be the "spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down." So open up wide, GOP, and say, "Ah..."