I’ve recently been following the absurdity that is the U.S. Senate with equal parts frustration and disbelief. OK, I can get my head around how 40 Senators can bring things to a halt via a filibuster. Understanding how one Senator can stop further action on 70+ executive branch nominees is harder to fathom.
This is precisely what
Given his stature as a United States Senator, you could assume that there must be some issue at stake of grave concern and importance for the country. Of course you could assume this, but you would be wrong! According to his own spokesman,
- Is Shelby justified in doing this?
- What arguments can be made in support of this?
- Should the Senate rules be changed to prevent anyone, of either party, from pulling a similar stunt in the future?
More on this subject:
America is Not Lost by Paul Krugman, New York Times, 02/07/2010