Dana Milbank's puzzling assessment:
Reid’s remedy--calling a simple-majority vote to undo more than two centuries of custom--has created a situation in which the minority leader, Mitch McConnell (Ky.), is expected to use the minority’s remaining powers to gum up the works, and to get revenge when Republicans regain the majority.
Italics are mine, although they're probably unnecessary, for the word "created" fairly leaps out at the aware reader as a staggering incomprehensibility. What Reid & Co. did yesterday has created the expectation that McConnell will now "gum up the works"? Milbank covers Congress, does he not? But what Congress has he been covering?
As for Republicans seeking "revenge" whenever they regain a Senate majority, I would put this to Milbank: What restraints, or customs, or fundamental civility or even slivers of human decency or political ethics have Republican pols demonstrated throughout the last several years?
Would you, Mr. Milbank, not expect majority Senate Republicans to bend or break any Senate rule to repeal, for instance, Obamacare? Or further cut taxes? Or, simply, to screw Democrats just for the bullying fun of it?
Let's face it. Republicans will exact revenge even when none is compelled. It's who they are. As to where you've been, Mr. Milbank, I have no idea.