Hyperbolic Statement of the Forever

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 1, 2011

If historians ever have to pinpoint the day that America lost the future, they’re likely to look to last Thursday. That was when Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate to announce an agreement on fixing the increasingly sclerotic, polarized, dysfunctional body they lead. Their agreement? Neither of them would fix it. Both promised not to change the rules of using a majority vote for at least four years. Nor did they set up an alternative process for taking a good, long look at why the Senate has begun to make a Beverly Hills divorce look courteous and functional. They just . . . moved on.

Ezra Klein. That’s right, gentle readers; “America lost the future” because the filibuster was maintained in the Senate. The Washington Post has decided, in its eternal wisdom, that it ought to pay Klein to provide this kind of commentary, and pass it off as a sagacious observation.

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