We never dreamed something like this could happen, but on the other hand we are talking about a Republican U.S. senator named Mitch McConnell. If you turn your computer upside down, you'd get a better look at him, although we sort of like the upside down photo after what he did this week on the Senate floor. The Senate minority leader filibustered his own call for a vote on President Obama's plan to increase the debt ceiling. It was pure gamesmanship that was exposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who called McConnell's bluff to embarrass the Democrats and said the vote would proceed immediately. Caught by surprise for an instant vote that he hadn't expected (check your nearest parliamentarian for the insidious details), McConnell objected and moved to filibustering his own proposal. Let's let it go at that. It's giving me a headache.
Abe Zaidan has been a professional journalist and freelance writer for more than forty years. He was the Ohio correspondent for the Washington Post, as well as a political columnist at the Akron Beacon Journal.