The NYT weighs in today on the freeze of the FEC, which is currently being held in a state of partisan abeyance (making the will-he-won’t-he, did-he-didn’t-he arguments about both Obama and McCain’s public campaign financing commitments pretty much moot).

Also worth checking out is this piece last month from Ryan Grim, which details how partisanship deadlock has managed to freeze the nation’s broader regulatory system in its tracks.

To name just a few regulatory boards currently incapacitated other than the FEC: the Council of Economic Advisers (home now to just one member), the National Labor Relations Board (only two out of five members serving), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (likewise), and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (one short of a quorum).