News comes that Senator Richard Shelby has placed a blanket hold on Obama administration appointments, apparently as part of a plan to extort pork for his state. With Scott Brown having been seated, the chance of cloture on these holds seems remote. So the Senate is even more broken. The danger is that this will accelerate our move towards government by other means, including increased use of recess appointments.
Oh, and what the heck is a hold? David Waldeman explains.
Also: a pretty funny reimagining of the note that Shelby must have given Harry Reid and the President.