How Shelby's hold exposes Obama's failure

The White House broke GOP Sen. Richard Shelby's hold on appointees in hours. Why can't it break a GOP filibuster of health care legislation?

David Frum

It took Democrats 48 hours to break Sen. Richard Shelby’s hold on President Obama’s appointees. In that same short interval, Democrats also broke their own best excuse for their biggest failure.

The Senate allows its members to delay confirmation votes. This power is located not in the Constitution – not even in the Senate rules – but in the Senate’s own strange customs.

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