Or find a nitpicking way to avoid making any decision until some more states have acted on their own?
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.
In any case, this is nitpicking, and, ironically, Klingman does the same thing in his essay.
: a highly nit-picking attitude
The act and pleasure of one who quibbles over trivia
[from the very slow and attentive work of a person or a simian picking tiny nits, ''insect eggs,'' out of hair or fur]
To quibble over trivia; niggle: so all that remains is for them to sit and lie there and nitpick over trivialities or talk about what's on TV