From James Fallows, who discusses Cordray, nullification and such:

For the record: Yes, I am against this procedural tyranny-of-the-minority when carried about by Democrats too, as with today’s big story about Robert Menendez’s apparently vindictive “hold” on a nominee for a seat on the Third Circuit appeals court. The Senate is full of all kinds of curlicues and procedural favors for individual Senators that make its workings seem courtly and reflective — as long as prevailing norms keep their use to a “reasonable” level. Over the past few years we’ve seen the erosion of those norms, so that the Senate has become the equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet at which people pitch tents and eat their fill forever. Or something.

I’m almost certain that this is the first time in my life I’ve seen the bolded word spelled out. As an avid pasta eater, I’ve said and heard the word plenty of times but never before seen it written. Wikipedia also says that “curlycue” is acceptable.


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