Making My Head Spin


Matt Yglesias, serial blamer of the senate’s rules (or existence) for the Democrats’ failures, sees the light:

[A] majority of Senators “can” do pretty much whatever it likes. The Senate is an independent branch of government that makes, interprets, and enforces its own rules. There’s nothing stopping a determined majority from doing anything. If procedural objections to a reconciliation-track health care bill can’t be surmounted, that’s because the votes aren’t there to do it not because “the rules” are preventing it from happening.

Just so.

A determined majority can do anything.  What the Dems lack in the senate isn’t good rules; it’s good senators.  They don’t have a determined majority, nor has the leadership shown any interest in creating one.  There’s your problem.


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