Yglesias

The Mystery Filibuster

CREDIT:

Just to chime in with what Kevin Drum says here, the reason things like Jim Bunning’s obstructionism are so successful is that when Jim Bunning, backed by all the Republicans who’ve bothered to speak up about it, forces expiration of Unemployment Insurance, forces people off COBRA health insurance, forces the furlough of thousands of Department of Transportation workers, and forces steep cuts in payments to doctors, this all gets described as something that “Congress” or “the Senate” rather than “Jim Bunning backed by all the Republicans who’ve bothered to speak up about it” did.