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Opening Arguments

Fools rush in

I've disagreed with Kathleen Parker a few times in the last year, but it's hard to argue with this:

Deem and pass -- or sneak and sprint -- may be legal, but is it right?

It's right only if your goal is to beat a deadline and pass something -- anything -- regardless of how imperfect the result. Even the majority of Americans who oppose the bill don't know the half of it, because almost no one does.

What they do know is that health-care reform reeks of maneuvering and the kind of compromises that involve sacks of cash. The latest proposed strategy merely underscores the past year's by-hook-or-by-crook legislative approach.

She concludes by saying that "rushing to do the wrong thing is, in a word, idiotic."  That's a lot milder than the word I might use.


Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:04pm

If I have the rules straight, an up-or-down vote is a necessity in the House but not to be permitted in the Senate.

Wed, 03/17/2010 - 10:03pm


Watch out ! You may step on your straw man.

Fact is that Pelosi doesn't deem that an up-and-down vote will come out "pass."

Success using the Slaughter House Rule will result in a election slaughter of House Dems in November.