Well, well. well, Reid finally won at something. Because of archaic procedures, James Dobson's pal, Sen. Tom Coburn was able to place holds and block many pieces of good legislation in the Senate so finally Harry Reid got fed up, rolled them all into one and had it passed on Sunday.
The Senate conducted its first vote of the 111th Congress –- on a Sunday no less -– and overrode the objections of Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, to push forward a public lands bill.
On a vote of 66-12, the Senate agreed to take up a package of 160 different bills joined under an umbrella measure. The package has been dubbed a Tomnibus since the whole idea is to merge multiple proposals opposed by Mr. Coburn -– a physician known in the Senate as Dr. No. — and win passage all at once. Fifty-nine votes was the threshold...read on.
While the Roland Burris fiasco has dominated early perception of the new Dem caucus, yesterday's work shouldn't be ignored. With Obama looking for as many votes as possible on the stimulus package, this early vote did more than warn Republicans of possible Sunday work - it provided a nice, concrete reminder of a new, expanded majority.
Meanwhile, Red State's Erik Erickson throws a hissy fit at Mitch McConnell.