Far from being a rarity, virtually every bill, every nominee for Senate confirmation and every routine procedural motion is now subject to a Republican filibuster. Under the circumstances, it is no wonder that Washington is gridlocked: legislating has now become war minus the shooting, something one could have observed 80 years ago in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. As Hannah Arendt observed, a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself."
'via Blog this'
This is a long article and the hour is late, so I have only read a little of the beginning. However, I do want to read the whole thing when I get a chance. As a friend of mine, who found the article, wrote: "The Republicans I grew up around were not like the one's of today. I think this does a good job of explaining why."