Here, in one image posted by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after gun safety amendments failed Wednesday, is what is wrong with the U.S. Senate.
It doesn't have to be that way. If real filibuster reform had happened in January, Mitch McConnell and his merry band of nihilists would have had to stand on the Senate floor and talk for hours about why they were thwarting the will of the people, why they were thumbing their noses right in the faces of still-grieving Newtown families. If real filibuster reform had happened in January, the majority will of the people would have had at least a chance at prevailing in the Senate.
But the absence of real filibuster reform made this vote almost painless for the obstructors, and Mitch McConnell gloats. Maybe that gloating will be enough for some balky Democrats to finally act and allow a simple majority vote to make the Republicans actually have to work for their filibusters.