If there's one thing I can't stand, it's unfinished stories. So it is especially frustrating to me when I think of my father on Father's Day, and once again confront the great unfinished story that was our relationship.
When Senators are looking for "bipartisan" solutions to health care, and need more "time" to work on a "bipartisan" compromise, what they're really looking for is a way to kill real health care reform.
The leadership stalemate of 1965 occurred at the start of the session, when bill expiration deadlines weren't looming. Pedro Espada's defection (facilitated by Hiram Monserrate) flushed months of hard-fought negotiations and legislative footwork down the toilet.