Utilizing a parliamentary maneuver called the "9th Order", and thanks to the support of alleged Democrats Jim Kastama, Tim Sheldon and Ro_ney Tom (a man who doesn't even deserve a "D" in his name, let alone next to it), Republicans have just seized control of the Washington State Senate Floor in attempt to force through the Republicans 233-page budget proposal, without hearings or review. You can watch the debate right now streaming on TVW. It's pretty dramatic.

So much for bipartisanship. Or even decorum. This is at best a political stunt, at worst a coup.

UPDATE (4:57 PM): Kastama, by the way, is running for Secretary of State as a Democrat. Given his betrayal today, I'd vote for a Republican in November before marking my ballot for him. Not that it matters, as I can't see how he now gets enough Democratic votes in the primary to make it through the top-two.

UPDATE (5:10 PM): How many times does shit like this have to happen for Democrats to realize that Republicans view Democrats' unwillingness to go nuclear as a sign of weakness to be exploited at every opportunity? Hell, conservative Democrats view Democrats unwillingness to go nuclear as a sign of weakness. Kastama, Tom, and Sheldon should be expelled from the Democratic caucus. That might teach 'em. And besides, if Republicans are going to have a majority in practice, they might as well have one in reality, so that a Democratic so-called "majority" doesn't get blamed for the Republicans' cruel budget.

UPDATE (5:33 PM): I need to head home and walk my dog before her bladder explodes, but one final comment on this post. This is more than just crossing party lines. Kastama, Tom, and Sheldon are voting with the Republicans to subvert the process and embarrass their own leadership. This is inexcusable behavior—behavior no Republican would dare without well justified fear of being stripped of all committees and privileges. Democrats will never have the discipline they need to govern until they impose it on their own members.