From the New Republic:
If Hillary Clinton gives a speech calling for withdrawal from Iraq at 4:15 in the morning, does anybody hear it? Sitting in the nearly empty Senate chamber at the exceedingly painful halfway mark of the Democrats' forced all-night debate on an amendment to start redeploying troops from Iraq, the answer is pretty clearly no. As to whether it made a sound--a metaphorical sound, that is; an impact on any wavering Republicans or a consolation to the base--that's a big no, too. The purpose of forcing a filibustering opposition to actually stay on the floor has always been to milk that tactic's Mr.-Smith-Goes-To-Washington-style high camp and theater. But thanks to the war's peculiarly nasty politics, Democrats couldn't play it up, and the thing was a flop.And here's more from Rick Moran and Captain Ed. In hindsight, it looks like the Democrats were looking for a quorum call so that they could accuse the GOP of ducking debate, but instead Mitch McConnell rallied the Republicans and even Harry Reid didn't stick around for his own show. As predicted, Americans loved the empty grandstanding: "Americans Give Democratic Congress All-Time Low Rating."