Before I start into the GOP-on-GOP war that took place last night while I was zoning out watching a David Crosby-lookalike save puppies on Animal Planet, I want to say that I am, for starters, whole-heartedly opposed to the feel-good, get-it-off-our-plate legislative approach some of our elected officials occasionally take with hotbutton issues. Last night, in a haste to get something on the record, Republican Senators attached a doomed-to-fail amendment to "defund" Planned Parenthood to the same highway bill I'm about to discuss, claiming that they were "working hard" to put an end to baby parts trafficking in this honorable country.
They weren't. They were, as one friend termed it, engaging in "failure theater," the practice of doing something, doomed to fail, just so they can claim to have done something about it. See also, shutting down the government over Obamacare. This happened last night, it got a bunch of people riled up, and all it did was boost a lagging Presidential candidate's poll numbers briefly in an early caucus state.