George Costanza from Seinfeld might as well be leading the U.S. Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid and his colleagues remain locked in purportedly painstaking negotiations on filibuster reform. On either side of the aisle foot-dragging is business as usual in the bizarro world of Washington politics. Influential senators and their inevitale posse of smaller shadows in the House are brazenly abusing the filibuster and other fault lines in our democratic system, strapping cities around the country of crucial federal contributions. But it's not just the American way of life that's being eroded by the political class organized ineptia. Bruce S. Ticker, a former journalist and a blogger on current events, suspects a more cynical bipartisan agenda. He has been working for the Philadelphia city government for many years and lives just blocks from Independence Hall, where a nascent revolutionary United States declared its independence from British rule.