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.

Steve Benen

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.