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.