Quote of the Day: Geese and Ganders in the Senate


From Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D–RI), who decided not to push through the nomination of a Rhode Island judge after Republican senators had all left town even though Republicans had declined to give him the usual home state deference on proceeding with a vote:

It is frustrating to be in this position of holding myself back out of respect for the traditions and courtesies of the Senate when I feel that at the moment I’m on the losing end of a violation of the courtesies and traditions of the Senate.

Ladies and gentlemen, the U.S. Senate, greatest deliberative body etc. etc.