(By way of definition, the null hypothesis is the building block of scientific inquiry. A base proposisiton is set (N0), and data are collected and analyzed. The analysis can either reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis. In politics, this might take the form of "If Congress does nothing in dealing with "x" it will actually be better for America and the American people than doing what Democrats want.")
Politico has a story today, now that the Republicans in the Senate have allowed debate to move forward on the Democrat financial reform bill, discussing the frustrations that Republicans have with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (soon-to-be-ex-D-NV). Senator Bunning (R-KY) calls him an "idiot."
Bunning’s harsh words — confirmed by several people in the room — came in the midst of Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s presentation about Reid’s handling of the Senate floor. Bunning rose from his seat and, speaking loudly, read fundraising data that singled out Reid and other Senate Democrats for taking more money from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms than Republicans had.
While the two parties have been engaged in constant battle since President Barack Obama took office last year, the politics in the usually clubby Senate have grown increasingly personal in recent weeks.
In the wake of the superheated debate over health care reform, Reid and his confidants have used fierce rhetoric to portray the Republicans as tools of Wall Street who spread lies about the financial regulatory reform bill as a way to protect well-heeled donors. Meanwhile, Reid has been forcing the Republicans to vote again and again on the regulatory reform bill, hoping to jam at least one GOP senator into flipping to the Democratic side for fear of coming off as entirely obstructionist.