Pleasuring yourselves for the sake of it.
Have you no shame?
[T]his may be the first time in history that a group of senators filibustered themselves.
About 30 Democratic senators — calling themselves the Senate Climate Action Task Force — resolved to keep the Senate open overnight Monday into Tuesday morning. “We’re not going to rest until Congress wakes up and acts on the most pressing issue of our time,” declared Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii), the organizer of the sleepless senators.
[T]hese guys are trying to persuade the majority — themselves — to pass something.
Joining the late-night guerilla action was Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who as the Senate majority leader is usually a target of filibusters, not a sponsor. If he and his colleagues really want action, they don’t have to lose sleep. All they have to do is bring a climate-change bill to the floor.
The problem is that Reid doesn’t have the votes in his caucus to pass such a measure.
Reid, who kicked off the 13-hour talkathon at 6:30 Monday evening, didn’t mention the problems among his fellow Democrats. He praised his colleagues for “standing up to the deniers” and “the oil-baron Koch brothers and their allies in Congress.”
Apparently, those allies were not intimidated by the Democrats’ late-night show. The office of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
e-mailed “Climate Tax Bingo” cards to reporters.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) crashed the Democrats’ party, needling his colleagues for more than half an hour. “All night long? That’s going to be fun,” said Inhofe, who calls global warming a “hoax” and frequently sights cold snaps as confirmation. “They’ll have an audience of themselves and I hope that they enjoy it.”
As Woody Allen observed, masturbation is sex with someone you love.
Or were they trying to impress someone?
[T]hey figured their antics in the wee hours would display their dedication for all Americans to see — or at least insomniacs who watch C-SPAN2. It also might impress Democratic donors. As The Post’s Ed O’Keefe reported, Democratic senators discussed plans for the filibuster last month at a fundraiser held by liberal billionaire Thomas Steyer.
As if it wasn’t worthless already, Congress has been rendered obsolete by Obama, who legislates from on high. What else are they supposed to do?