Thursday, July 19, 2007

In Which I Go Insane

Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton:

Crestwood, N.Y.: Lyndsey, I like this Harry Reid strategy of late night theater to break the filibuster, because it underlines how many of the GOP Senators are making touchy-feely speeches about opposing the war, but refusing to support any real efforts to end it. I think the next step should be to hold up votes on almost anything Bush wants a vote on, starting with his judicial nominees. I know that this back-fired on Newt Gingrich in the '90s when he tried it on Clinton, but can anybody remember what noble cause Gingrich was fighting for back then? Ending this war is of a different order of magnitude, and I think the voters appreciate the Dems finally, finally taking a strong stand on something instead of wringing their hands about the iniquities of the senatorial system. Your take?

Lyndsey Layton: Hi Crestwood,

I'm not as certain. Recent polls show Americans are frustrated with this Congress and its inability to pass legislation. If the Democrats start blocking every initiative - even in the name of a cause that 70 percent of Americans support - it'll be hard to peel off the obstructionist label. As it is, the party is worried that it won't have enough of a legislative record to tout during the '08 campaigns.