No need to go on at length about Doug Jones' win in yesterday's Alabama special Senate election. The turnout in the Black community was spectacular. I especially liked the exit poll showing that women with children under eighteen living at home went big for Jones. This is a Lysistrata moment.
With Jones replacing Luther Strange, we only need Susan Collins to flip and the tax bill is defeated. Collins is flippable, since her excuse for voting aye was a series of promises from McConnell that the House Republicans have made it clear they will not honor. But wait, you say. The Senate will slow-walk Jones' seating until the tax bill passes. No doubt. But consider. There are 48 Democratic Senators [47 without Franken]. Last time I checked, there were 24 hours in the day. If each of those Democratic princes and princesses can bestir him or herself to deliver thirty minutes of random talk a day, the Democratic bloc can stage a collective filibuster that will stop passage of the bill until Jones is seated. Couldn't McConnell kill the filibuster with a point of order that requires only a simple majority to overrule a pro forma ruling from the chair? Yes, but there is a good deal of evidence that McConnell is unwilling to take that extreme step, since it would consign the Republicans to impotence the next time the Democrats seize control of the Senate.
At least it is worth a try. What is wrong with the Democrats in the Senate? [Do not flood the comments section with answers.]