Hypocrisy and parliamentary procedure


If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll know that the House leadership in Washington is preparing to use a self-executing rule to pass the Senate Health Care bill and get it to President Obama for his signature.

That’s nothing new; the Republican-led Congress used the procedure more than 35 times from 2005-2006. What’s new is the level of hypocrisy being displayed by the stick-in-the-mud minority about the whole thing.

Via Political Wire, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute had this to say:

Any veteran observer of Congress is used to the rampant hypocrisy over the use of parliamentary procedures that shifts totally from one side to the other as a majority moves to minority status, and vice versa. But I can’t recall a level of feigned indignation nearly as great as what we are seeing now from congressional Republicans and their acolytes at the Wall Street Journal, and on blogs, talk radio, and cable news. It reached a ridiculous level of misinformation and disinformation over the use of reconciliation, and now threatens to top that level over the projected use of a self-executing rule by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

If the play against the self-executing rule were the GOP’s first procedural play to kill a bill they hate, they might have a leg to stand on. But after reconciliation, and the filibuster, and not supporting a bill that was compromised half to death in their direction, their indignation is being shown for what it is: political tomfoolery.

Closed circuit to Washington: Pass. The. Bill.