FRIDAY SMITHERS BLOGGING….My guest posting stint is just about up, but before I go, I’d like to share this shot of my cat, Smithers, making what is clearly a powerful political statement.

Or perhaps not. I had a narrative worked out in which I’d explain that Smithers had grown to several thousand times her normal size, but the truth is my wife is a bit of a wiz when it comes to puzzles, and she recently finished a 3-D puzzle of the Capitol (which looks surprisingly good, by the way).

I’d like to think that this is Smithers’ way of sharing her outrage over Republican filibusters.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.