So far I’ve not done much that’s vacation-like on my vacation. It’s hard to do so when there’s all sorts of family drama going on, and it’s eating up Lovelips and I. We managed to work through most of it over the last few days, but it’s still been hard. Tomorrow I drive to my aunt and uncle’s, but I’m sort of at loose ends today. If there were poetry in Worcester or Providence, I’d think about going, but Cantab is a bit far for me, given the driving I’ll do over the weekend.

In today’s New York Times, there’s a story about Jim Webb, Senator from Virginia, opening and closing the Senate session yesterday with a skeleton staff. The Democratic leadership in the Senate finally noticed that President Bush kept making recess appointments to important posts — ambassadors, cabinet officials, and so on. So the Senate is now in session, officially, until the end of the President’s term in 2009. Admittedly, the pro forma sessions on days before and after holidays may only be 35 seconds long, but if the Senate met — the president can’t make a recess appointment.

Were I the Republican leadership, I’d find a way to have a small percentage of Republican senators on hand to interrupt the closing, and do some business, but maybe that’s not possible under Robert’s Rules of Order. I don’t know. In any case, the audacity of the tactic impresses me. If only they had blocked some of the more egregious nominees in the first place.

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