We don't give Megan enough credit, sometimes. It takes a lot skill to provide your own illustration of cognitive dissonance in a post only three paragraphs long. Behold:
The holds on the presidents nominees have gotten entirely out of hand, and are beginning to seem more like spite than anything else.Maybe out of spite, eh? Well, that gives her some breathing room to say this:
Republicans are obstructive because until now, the administration hasn't had any interest in them. Olympia Snowe, yes, because she has the magic power to make bills "bipartisan".So the people blocking TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADVISORS out of spite are also the sames ones blocking everything Obama says because he hasn't "engaged" them. Olympia Snow does not seem to count as her not having completely gone insane makes her not really a Republican.
But progressive myth-making aside, with 60 votes in the Senate, no one has tried very hard to do anything that would make bills a win for both Democrats and Republicans.Assumes facts not in evidence (ie, Republicans would be happy with ANY bill.)
As a result, however, what's left for the Republicans is voting no on everything, because there's rarely much advantage to voting yes--they get no credit if it passes, but they get to share the blame if it fails.Conspicuously absent from the reasoning here is any sense of whether or not the bill would help anyone.
Now, on the other hand, Republican votes become more attractive--the president is going to want to pass more things that get a lot of Republican votes, i.e. are quite popular. So I expect the number of holds will go down--perhaps more will be initiated strategically, but the president is now going to have bargaining chips to buy them off. Or so I mote.1) That is, as frequently occurs, not English.
2) No they won't