Here we have a headline from the New York Times
Senate Narrowly Backs Bush in Rejecting Debate on Increasing Time Between Deployments
Well, no, I'm sorry. That's not right. The vote was 56 to 41. A solid majority of senators supported increasing time between deployments.
Republicans blocked a vote on the bill. Say it again: They blocked a vote. They filibustered it.
Don't mistake me. I support the right of the minority party in the senate to do this, just as I did in the previous Congress when Democrats were in the minority. And I would completely oppose any effort to changes the rules, as Republicans effectively threatened to do in the previous Congress. But you can entirely support the right to filibuster, as the Republicans are now consistently doing, while also insisting that the party in question be held to account for exercising
It's about accountability. Inaccurate reporting undermines accountability.
All the big press outlets seem to suddenly have forgotten how this works. The headline is Republicans block the vote. That's not spin. That's what happened.