Democrats are wielding a heavy hand on the House Rules Committee, committing many of the procedural sins for which they condemned Republicans during their 12 years in power. So far this year, Democrats have frequently prevented Republicans from offering amendments, limited debate in the committee and, just last week, maneuvered around chamber rules to protect a $23 million project for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.).I suspect that the more sanctimonious among us went to the polls, pulled the lever for Big Left, and assumed that everything is fixed. Unfortuantely, that kind of blind faith and non-participatory proxy helps fix nothing.
On Wednesday, Democrats suggested changing the House rules to limit the minority's right to offer motions to recommit bills back to committee -- violating a protection that has been in place since 1822.
17 May 2007
Your Six For My Half-Dozen
We'll stock Washington with Democrats; that'll fix everything, right?