on top of holding a vote it already knows it will lose, Democrats are trying to use a piece of legislation that has been repeatedly abused and so throw away any claim to a political higher ground while achieving nothing.
But even though everyone knows it won't pass, the fact that it only requires one additional vote to pass the Senate has led to seemingly endless commentary pieces on how it actually might pass because it only needs one vote.
And then, the endless commentary continues, if it did pass the Senate it would be in for a much "tougher time" passing the House – which means, simply, that it wouldn't pass.
And then it would really hit a hurdle with President Trump who wouldn't sign it either. But let's keep talking about it anyway.
Because in the mid-terms, it is possible that there will be a blue wave and Democrats will take back the House (although they won't). And then Trump might get impeached (but won't).
And so, you see, it is possible that if several extremely unlikely things happen that it might be possible to get back net neutrality rules. And that would really rub their noses in it.
So let's not stop fighting! Let's keep on using up endless hours arguing for something that won't happen for no reason other than we want it to.
And when we fail, we can get upset with the people that stopped it – even though they made it abundantly clear they wouldn't allow it – and we can use that anger to build up support for the next pointless endeavor.
Because that is how you govern. One Sisyphean task at a time.