Oh yes, he did. Senator Richard Shelby (R-GA) has threatened to delay or obstruct all of Obama’s appointees until the White House concedes to his demands.
Those demands? No surprises here – several slaughterhouses’ worth of pork for his district.
Two reactions here: first, this is a gift for the Obama White House, and they know it. Shelby is making friends like nobody’s business in D.C., and Republican obstructionism has its new poster child.Second, maybe (my fingers are most devoutly crossed) this will spur a bit of Senate procedural reform. Maybe both sides of the Senate leadership will realize how incredibly embarrassing it is when our nation’s most dignified deliberative body is held up by what is essentially a 70-year old’s temper tantrum. Maybe.