Revolt of the freshmen
The most heartening news of the day is that there's a group of young senators who are threatening to vote against any energy bill that doesn't include a carbon cap. It seems they've not been around long enough to realize that the difficulty of doing something necessary doesn't excuse you from getting it done.
In a smart post, Greg Sargent notes that this is part of a larger trend in which the dysfunctions of the Senate have baffled freshman and sophomore senators, and the more senior members of the body have been unable to convince them that a tradition of dysfunction is a good argument for a future of dysfunction. A number of freshman senators -- among them Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall and Michael Bennett -- have been leading the anti-filibuster charge.
You can make too much of this, of course. There are veterans like Tom Harkin who've been railing against the Senate's nuttier aspects for decades now. But the number of the young Democrats who've loudly criticized the body is striking, and a pretty clear result of their entering the institution at a time when its worst habits have begun to overwhelm its daily operations.
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