It wasn’t pretty but Congress actually got a few things done this week. Many of President Obama’s stalled nominees have finally been confirmed by the Senate, including new heads for the Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency.
This progress was due, of course, to the showdown over the “nuclear option” and it isn’t the final word. Harry Reid has reserved the right to revisit a possible rule change and the battle exposed major fault lines in the Senate GOP. It’s not clear that Mitch McConnell has any more control over his caucus in the Senate than John Boehner has over his in the House.