Give the Strib a cigar. . .

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. . . for having the courage to state what should be obvious, but apparently isn't:

There is another reason Democrats should abandon their boycott strategy.

It’s not working.

Thursday’s unanimous Senate panel approval of Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt is the latest proof. Democrats boycotted the hearing, as they did with hearings for Steven Mnuchin, the Goldman Sachs executive nominated to take over Treasury, and Sen. Tom Price, R-Georgia, Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services.

Republicans on those panels responded by suspending the rules — as is the majority’s prerogative — and quickly passing those nominees on to the full Senate for confirmation, undoubtedly relieved that Pruitt, Mnuchin and Price would be able to avoid further questioning.

We saw this drill in 2011 in Wisconsin. It didn't work then and it's not going to work on the larger stage. The Republicans have the levers of power in Washington now and it now seems like they've figured out how to use them. The Strib editorial board is going to cheerlead for the port side, but at this point the Loyal Opposition needs to understand that they aren't exactly winning friends and influencing people. And as we saw at Berkeley earlier this week, deportment is becoming an issue:

We don't think that was Nancy Pelosi wielding the Mace, so there's that.