How powerful do the Senate Democrats think they are? They think they literally control time.
After a nearly three-week absence, the Senate is back in session Tuesday in a chamber where time has ground to a halt: It’s the same legislative day there that began Jan. 5.
The ruling Democrats have effectively stopped the clock for a reason: They contend that on the Senate’s first day in session, its rules can be changed with just 51 votes, rather than the 67 normally needed. And the rules they are trying to change all have to do with the minority’s ultimate weapon: the filibuster.