Asymmetrical Power Dynamics

Brother Benen and Greg Sargent are all over a bizarre series of statements by John Boehner yesterday arguing that Senate Democrats don’t have a “plan” for replacing the sequester because they haven’t enacted one. And why haven’t they enacted one? Because Republicans have filibustered every effort to do so!

Yes, this is an example of Boehner’s mendacity, and to the extent that many MSM observers never call him on this sort of thing, of the effects of the false equivalency syndrome whereby whatever “he said” is as valid as whatever “she said,” underlying facts be damned.

But speaking of underlying facts: it’s important in looking forward to keep in mind that control of the House is a more powerful political asset than control of the Senate because it carries with it a vastly greater ability to pass legislation in the “controlled” chamber. Unless and until filibuster reform occurs, a party with a majority in the House and 41 senators is in a largely unassailable defensive position so long as it can maintain unity and deal with the consequences of public opinion.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.