The public focus on these arcane legislative tactics reflects an awareness that electoral victories are not enough today, because majority rule is so routinely obstructed in the Congress.
It’s a good sign that Obama will now use his massive list to build pressure on Congress to actually vote on legislation (rather than block it). Some Republican members have said, after all, that they do back middle-class tax cuts. Now all they have to do is sign on the dotted line.
—Tapping E-mail List, Obama Hammers GOP on Taxes and Discharge, my new article in The Nation.