The watershed 2006 elections were a signal from the American people that we wanted Congress to do whatever it takes to keep George Bush from screwing anything else up. And from that perspective, this little news blurb about Harry Reid keeping the Senate in session over the holiday break is a great achievement. This is why we put the opposition party in power– if they can’t make new policy on their own, at the very least they can put the brakes on before the maniacs in the White House drive the whole freaking bus off the cliff.
Before Congress left last week, Democrats scheduled 11 pro forma sessions to fill the void until the Senate returns to regular session on Jan. 22. The purpose was to stop Bush from using the constitutional power presidents hold under the Constitution to bypass Senate confirmation and unilaterally install his nominees in office when Congress is adjourned.
Bravo to Harry Reid, and to Jim Webb, for respecting the will of the American people.