In an otherwise insightful piece on the failure of the Lieberman-Warner bill, Eric Pooley says this:

It would have taken a truly great floor debate to begin resolving some of those difficult areas — a half dozen thorny deal-breakers (how to contain costs, what to do about China) that need to be figured out before any such bill can pass. But not much of that table setting took place last week, because the debate never made it past the partisan bickering and economic fear mongering.

“Partisan bickering” did not block the bill from going to floor debate. Republican obstructionism blocked it. The Republican party killed the bill, not “both sides.” Why can’t reporters in D.C. call it what it is? Is there something in the water?

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