Sign of the times

Last November, shortly after the election, someone in my town in northern Indiana put up a big white handpainted sign demanding, “Impeach Obama Pelosi & Reid NOW!”  (It appears I can’t post the photos here, but you can see them in my original post.)  The sign stayed up a week or two, and then came down.

Until Harry Reid got his cloture vote.  The day after Sens. Specter, Snowe and Collins agreed to support the so-called “stimulus” bill, the sign went back up.  I’m still not a believer in criminal sanctions for policy decisions (even really bad policy decisions), but I think this shows something rather important:  when Charles Schumer declares that “the American people really don’t care” about “those little, tiny . . . porky amendments,” he’s talking through his hat.  They–we–do care.  I think William Jacobson is right:  “the politics in this country is like a simmering pot,” and every time something like this happens, the pot gets a little closer to boiling over.