10:39 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Senate remained in session through Monday night and into this morning. The yield of this all-nighter was … nothing. Which was predictable. There never was any legislative point to the exercise. It was for show. The kindest possible description would be that the senators wanted to raise awareness of global warming/climate change which, of course, has hardly been mentioned at all in the great ongoing public conversation. The least kind description would be that the purpose of the all-nighter was to raise cash.
As Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post reports, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, in his remarks:
“We have the capability and the responsibility to act. But we must do so before it is too late," adding that the issue is "a question of our own survival.”
Curious, then, that Reid hasn’t introduced any climate-related legislation since he and the Democrats took over the Senate. Maybe he just isn’t that in to surviving.
Of course, it is easier being a Democrat speaking out about climate change when you aren’t running for reelection. Which would explain the absence, during the all-nighter, of such conspicuous Senate Democrats as:
Still, those who did make it through the night hope their stamina will be rewarded and:
Such, these days, are the ways of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.
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