In William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, the melancholy Jaques states, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”
And the Senate Democrats will soon be playing things to the hilt, and the U.S. Senate floor will be center stage for their latest global warming kabuki theater presentation.
Two dozen Senate Democrats, members of the newly-formed Climate Action Task Force, plan to hold an all-night fili-bluster talkathon on what they now euphemistically refer to as “climate change.” The ranting, obfuscating, and hand-wringing is scheduled to begin on Monday night and conclude on early Tuesday morning. In all, 28 Democrats, including Marjority Leader Harry Reid, are planning on joining the task force in their overheated hoedown.
“Congress must act,” Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, a leader of the group, said in a statement. “On Monday night we’re going to show the growing number of senators who are committed to working together to confront climate change.”
But won’t all of that political hot air be counterproductive?
“The Democratic effort is cause for some confusion,” USA Today reported, “because these senators are calling for action in a chamber they control but without any specific legislation to offer up for a vote, or any timetable for action this year.”
Speculation abounds regarding the rational for such an apparently meaningless stunt. However, as Byron York reported in the Washington Examiner:
It’s possible the Democratic campaign has little if anything to do with ever passing a global warming bill. After all, Senate Democrats had a huge, filibuster-proof majority in 2009 and 2010 and did not act on the cap-and-trade bill passed by the Democratic House at the time. It could be that the Senate Democrats’ strategy is more about encouraging the White House to take unilateral executive action on the environment than it is about Senate Democrats sticking their necks out by supporting major legislation in an election year.
So, all of the big talk and grandstanding by the Democrats may have very little to do with any real resolve on their part; they’re just hoping to goad President Obama to wield his mighty pen again.
There is also the very likely possibility that all of the huffing and puffing is merely designed to pander to deep-pocket Democrat donors. Of course, the Democrats have denied that the fili-bluster has anything to do with a recent fundraiser attended by Senator Reid and several leading Democrat senators at the San Francisco home of billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer. How could anyone ever suspect such a thing from these paragons of “virtue?”
Regardless of the reason, perhaps the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body should consider calling themselves something new. May I suggest the World’s Greatest Bloviating Body?
To borrow another Shakespearean phrase, the all-night Senate talkathon is “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
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