Record-Breaking Obstruction: How It Screwed You

Bill Scher

On this historic yet soon-to-be infamous day of record-breaking conservative obstruction, our “Block and Blame” report (PDF) reminds me of Sen. Trent Lott’s all-too-candid words from April, “The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail … and so far it’s working for us.”

It’s certainly true, if not terribly insightful, that obstructionism can either work or fail.

When it works, it’s because you obstructed things that voters didn’t want in the first place — like privatizing Social Security.

When it fails, it’s because you obstructed things that voters want their government to do.

What have conservatives obstructed this year? Here’s just a partial list:

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