The Senate has finally plumbed the depths of dysfunction, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filibustering his own bill.
(At least we hope these are the depths, because we wouldn't want to see things get any more broken.)
On Thursday McConnell came up with a cunning plan to score points off the Democrats. He thought he could prove that Democrats didn't actually have the votes to do something they claim to support, namely allow the president to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.
McConnell proposed legislation that would allow the POTUS to bump up the debt ceiling at his discretion, unless Congress rustled up a 2/3 majority vote to stop him.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was against it at first, but after a quick head count decided that he had the 51 votes needed to pass the law, and called McConnell's bluff.
Since McConnell didn't actually want the legislation to pass, he was obliged to filibuster his own bill.
McConnell thus becomes one of the few senators ever to filibuster their own bills, as well as being the minority leader who has led the most filibusters ever.
Reid has promised to bring up the legislation again and try to force a vote.