I think, to my count, this is government shutdown day number nine. There is no end in sight. For those of you who are looking for a silver lining – there is none. Over the last couple days, I have outlined how I think we will probably resolve this problem, but it should be noted that we’re seeing something else at the base of this crisis. Washington is completely and totally unable to govern.
It will likely be a long day for Texas lawmakers at the State Capitol. The special session of the Legislature ends Tuesday night, and several issues are still on the table.
Perhaps the most controversial topic is a bill that includes some of the toughest abortion regulations in the country. Senate Democrats have said they are prepared to do whatever they can to prevent a vote on it.
Wearing a pair of comfortable pink tennis shoes Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began her filibuster, or long speech, at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday. She could talk until the session ends Tuesday at midnight.
A couple of days ago, we heard that John McCain had made a “double secret” trip to Syria. I suspect, on Sunday, we’ll see John McCain on one, two or possibly three networks. Does anybody believe that Senator McCain is going to say anything else besides how much we need to increase our military presence in Syria? Seriously, would you expect anything else? I would’ve been surprised if John McCain had come back and said, “You know what, the situation in Syria is really complex. We can’t figure out who is who. I don’t know who the good guys or the bad guys are. We need to sit this one out.” Everything that I’ve read about Syria over the last several days suggests that the conflict is getting more and more complex.
I’m not sure whether Eric Holder is an asset or liability to President Obama. What I do know is that liberals who are calling for Holder’s resignation need to step back and think just for a second. The Attorney General must be confirmed by the Senate. Who would the filibuster-loving Republicans confirm? I don’t think that we would get anybody liberal or progressive through the Senate. I think that we’re stuck with Eric Holder for good or for bad.
Terrible ratings for MSNBC. I’m not sure that this is a surprise. The one thing about Keith Olbermann was that he was entertaining. Chris Hayes is not entertaining.
Lincoln Chafee was one of the last moderate Republicans. He was the distinguished Senator from Rhode Island from 1999 through 2007. He ran for governor of Rhode Island as an Independent. As he is milling over running for reelection as governor, it’s been widely reported that he would run as a Democrat. I think this says more about the Republican Party than it does about Lincoln Chafee. There’s no room for moderates in the Republican Party.