Dahlia Lithwick is normally very good, but when she’s righteously pissed, she’s extra good:
Murkowski wants you to know that she is sad. We know she is sad because it is the word she used to describe that feeling she gets when the branch of government charged with checking the other branch of government wholly abdicates its responsibility to do so. And she emphatically wants you to know that Congress, which has failed to check the executive, is to blame for this failure: “This process has been the apotheosis of the problem of congressional abdication,” Murkowski said, in her transcendently incoherent floor speech on Monday evening, explaining her own abdication. “Through the refusal to exercise war powers, or relinquishing the power of the purse, selective oversight and unwillingness to check emergency declarations designed to skirt Congress—we have failed.” Having excoriated Congress for its failure to check the runaway executive branch, she then announced her vote to refuse to check the runaway executive branch. It was like a surgeon watching a patient bleed out on the table, while refusing to pick up a scalpel, while also blaming the concept of surgery.
Lithwick also has a good go at the other sad sister, Collins.
Murkowski has always struck me as having a resting sad face, though it is nothing compared to Stellan Skarsgård in the video above.
Also, I posted a comment in the other thread that Jennifer Rubin had let me down on Romney, but I was wrong. She posted a column on the greatness of Mitt about 50 minutes after he gave his speech on the Senate floor – either she writes at the speed of the sound of loneliness, or she had an inkling that her hero would come through. Read it through for the last sentence – I won’t spoil it for my fellow Rubin connoisseurs.