Republican Senator Johnny Isakson on the "failibuster" deal:
"The rules change doesn't really change a lot."
Hey Harry Reid, thank you for perpetuating the gridlock by blowing off the Merkley-Udall filibuster reform proposal. Way to go! Now the GOP can keep on obstructing, and we can keep on pulling out hair out. What's left of it.
After putting himself on record for years claiming he'd support real filibuster reform because Republicans were "abusing the system," Reid caved.
As Rachel Maddow said in the video above:
"The improvement ... today is that now they're not going to be able to get anything done faster."
And now, as Paddy posted in her Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Gives Up, Running Back To Georgia story, he has expressed his own frustration with all the congressional brick walls by getting the hell outta Dodge. He will not be seeking re-election in 2014:
(CNN) - "This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation's economic health," Chambliss wrote in a statement announcing his retirement. He pointed to partisan haggling over raising the debt ceiling in 2011, and more recently to the bickering that transpired over a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. [...]
"I don't see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon," he wrote. "For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy."
Had Harry Reid shown some spine and gone beyond what Ed Schultz notes below, maybe some of that gridlock could have been eased:
"Harry Reid knows that 51 votes would be available for the assault weapons ban, but he knows damn well there won't be 60, and he doesn't want to hang this on the Democratic party at all, to all these rural senators. That's who he's protecting in this. But he is not standing up for the people at all."
He sure isn't.