What if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's endless demands for adjournment, which delayed the vote on the COVID relief bill, comprise more than some stupid game or rage-stoking exercise? After all, now some 40 Republicans, in voting against Ms. Greene's endless motions to adjourn for the day, can claim to have "supported" the bill even though they all voted against it in the end! It's almost like that was the whole idea. You watch: they'll say they "voted for it" in their re-election campaign ads next year, and Democrats will be caught flat-footed again, even though I offer all this advice for free.
Sen. Mike Lee (E-UT) claims that the recently House-passed bill H.R. 1, the For the People Act, "was written and held by the devil himself." So, to sum: requiring paper ballots is "written by the devil"? National automatic and same-day voter registration is "written by the devil"? Disclosing the names of big campaign donors? Preventing state legislatures from gerrymandering Congressional seats? Ending the practice of de-registering minority voters without even a good-faith effort to establish that they've really moved? All "written by the devil"? Gosh, Sen. Lee, dramatic much?
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is catching a lot of flak for failing to call for Gov. Cuomo's resignation over sexual harassment allegations when she was the first to call for ex-Sen. Franken's resignation over same, and, without defending Mr. Franken's actions, Ms. Gillibrand did call for Mr. Franken's resignation after hearing a whole lot fewer allegations. Folks who think maybe the Democrats helped run Al Franken out of town because he was good at being Senator now have a lot more to go on. I mean, Mr. Cuomo isn't particularly good at being Governor -- he's just good at looking like he's good at being Governor.
New York City apartment dweller, hunting down a mysterious draft in her bathroom, finds an entire unoccupied (and unrenovated) two-floor apartment behind her mirror. Naturally I was immediately reminded of J.G. Ballard's short story "Billennium," whose characters desperately search for living spaces larger than 38 square feet on a planet with 20 billion people. And Mr. Ballard, being a creature of the mid-20th century, may not have foreseen folks paying thousands of dollars monthly for New York apartments in which its inhabitants feel not all that less compressed than those in "Billennium"'s cubicles.
Finally, Charlie Cook's a pretty good political analyst, but I think he's completely full of soup to claim that President Biden will face some kind of political reckoning because he didn't reach out to Republicans enough during negotiations over his big COVID relief bill. How many times must I tell these pimps! Republicans won't work with you! You either do their will or they try to destroy you! You do not work with people who will not work! Thus, when I read that "Biden may have, in the early moments of his term, crippled his ability to do grand bargains," I am compelled to respond: we can only hope!