Dueling Republican op-eds
Orrin Hatch published an alarmist op-ed on the reconciliation process in this morning's Washington Post. It turns out that a budgetary procedure Hatch has frequently used poses a threat to the continued functioning of democracy itself. So, too, does deciding important political questions through majority vote -- even though that's how Scott Brown got elected. Hatch also trots out some nonsense about how the filibuster was the intention of the Founding Fathers, even though they didn't create the filibuster and they set up the Senate with a majority vote.
The whole thing is pretty paint-by-numbers, and I won't bore you by going through it line by line. For a sounder take on the reconciliation process, see our editorial from last week. And for a more straightforward op-ed from a prominent congressional Republican, I'd check out the piece that the Onion published from John Boehner.
It is my responsibility as an elected official to look out for the people back home, the voters who sent me to Washington. So, after 20 years representing Ohio's 8th District, I know what the good citizens of Montgomery, Preble, and Butler counties really want: someone who engages in the kind of calculated political gamesmanship that increases his standing in the Republican party while simultaneously hindering our country's legislative process at every conceivable turn.
I assure you, the last thing my voters need is some well intended, do-all-I-possibly-can-to-help-the-little-guy congressman running around Washington, working across the aisle, and fighting tooth and nail for jobs, health care, and financial reform to ensure their tax dollars never end up in the hands of banks capable of holding our entire economy hostage.
No, sir. My constituents deserve better.
Being the Onion, the byline on that article is fake, even if the thrust of what it says is true. Which is sort of the opposite of the Hatch article, come to think of it.
March 2, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
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