Ballot boxGail Collins

The Senate failed to override a Republican filibuster of a defense authorization bill based on elements of procedure, which Collins says sets a new record for dysfunction. As a result, now it has failed to pay the Army. Collins notes that procedural arguments will make people crazy, and those who claim to be voting on the basis of procedure are “fibbing, delusional, or crazy” when it comes to their real motives.

Collins is a New York Times columnist.

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