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Last month a jobs bill came up for a cloture vote in the Senate. Five Republicans voted for it. Today it came up for a final vote. Eleven Republicans voted for it. Chuck Schumer hailed the result: “Today is really a turning point. And there are two words that symbolize it — jobs and bipartisan.”

Hmmm. Doesn’t sound like a turning point to me. It sounds like lots of Republicans are still willing to posture and obstruct against anything and everything Democrats try to do, even bills that they actually approve of and want to be recorded favoring. The only difference is that this time there were six Republicans in that category instead of 20 or 30. Not exactly a new era in comity.

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