The answer: massive, monumental, unashamed, unadulterated hypocrisy. The question: name one reason that Congress has an approval rating that's rapidly heading for negative numbers. It's the flipping hypocrisy. It's huge, its taken over the joint, and its on both sides of the aisle.
I'm ranting, if you haven't guessed already, about last night's antics in the Senate. The "we're going to stay up all night to show how naughty the Republicans are being" stunt. It's not like we haven't seen it before - the Republicans did exactly the same thing in 2003 to show how bad the Democrats were for refusing to put Bush judicial nominees on the bench. Then, the Democrats were the minority party, and were smugly defending the filibuster while the Republicans were calling it a threat to Democracy. Control of Congress flipped last year, so now the Republicans have rediscovered what a little charmer the filibuster can be, while Democrats think it's a threat to the will of the people.
What the hell? Is everyone in the Congress two years old? Grow the hell up.
American soldiers - people who volunteered to put their anatomy on the line in the service of the United States - are dying. They are dying right now, while the fools we elected play procedural games. And the games are being played on both sides, with both sides trying to use the issue for political leverage. The Republicans are showing that they still stand strong with the President. The Democrats are still trying to keep from looking like they don't support the troops, so they're hoping that acting indignant at the Republicans will fool people into believing that they're trying to do something about the war.
It's a damn disgrace, and it makes me want to cry. We were a great nation not long ago, and we are reduced to this?