Like virtually all of Washington, the Senate shut down last week in the face of heavy snow. But while a closed gas station is very different from an open gas station, a closed Senate is increasingly hard to distinguish from an open one. On Tuesday, for instance, the body held a vote on whether it would hold a vote on the nomination of Craig Becker to sit on the National Labor Relations Board. Becker, a Yale-educated law professor and an associate general counsel at the Service Employees International Union, got only 52 votes in favor of a vote, and he needed 60. Thus, no vote, and his nomination was left undecided.