"Today in the Senate, they passed (by unanimous consent) the defense authorization bill that Republicans held up over objections to repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell just two short weeks ago; they passed by a voice vote the 9/11 First Responders Health bill that had been the subject of so much drama and debate; and they passed by a 71-26 vote the START nuclear treaty with Russia despite Republican objections to that as well. "
Finally, the Republicans realized what sort of impression they were creating, and did the right thing on all of these clearly moral issues. Not that they did it for the right reason, of course. I am interested in what this Republican collapse presages for their threats to shut down the government when they take over the House next month. We all knew that their attempt to do this in the nineties destroyed Newt Gingrich and the contract on America. They all seem to think things will be different this time around...after the last couple of weeks, I'm not too sure about that.
And by the way, look at what Democrats can accomplish when they show a little toughness.