While Congressional leaders and President Obama were busy last week preening at a health care summit designed to show their constituents just how much they care about them, the inadvertent answer was apparently not all that much.
Because while that was happening (a couple of later, actually, but you get the point) the House passed a measure to extend the Patriot Act without adding new privacy provisions that had been expected but were abandoned by the Democrats in the Senate when they lost their 60-vote supermajority.
While for many years I have been under the impression that a majority of 100 is 51… apparently the Democrats, with 59 seats in the Senate — 58, if you take out Lieberman, which may not be such a bad idea — are unable to do anything without at least 60 votes.
But given the fact that the Democrats can’t seem to stop one Senator, I should not be surprised that they backed down from having to face 41 or 42 of them.
And as we can see, that has real consequences.
So, no privacy protection. No unemployment benefits. Just lots of talk.
Honestly, the whole thing is just disheartening and makes me that much happier with this result.
(I know that may not be the most patriotic of stances but wasn’t the game just another version of the NHL All-Star Game, except North-South instead of East-West?)