In the Arena


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E.J. Dionne has an interesting column today on the Republican party’s Senate strategy of forcing a cloture vote on everything, even on the few provisions they support. A few months ago, I wrote that the G.O.P. had become a party led by nihilists. This is further evidence of that. I have doubts about some of the legislation the Democrats are producing, especially those bills that aggrandize their special interests at the expense of the public interest. It would be nice if we had a proper opposition party to provide a creative check, and balance, on such bills. But we don’t. What we have is the Party of Snit, refusing to participate in the governing of our country. It would be nice if the public demanded a price to be paid for this, but I doubt that will happen.