A hint of hypocrisy in the House?
Well, this is awkward. For years, I've blamed you for ignoring nearly everything that I, your long-suffering life-partner, pass because of some arrogant allegiance to irrational and undemocratic procedures, absurdities such as the filibuster that most Americans don't understand and wouldn't appreciate if they did. But I guess even I -- me! The House of Representatives! -- have some blockage issues.
Seems I've got enough Democratic and Republican votes to pass President Obma's grand tax-cut compromise that you sent to me. (Thanks, by the way, for sparing us the usual, will-I-or-won't-I psychodrama, and for keeping Coburn under control.) Problem is that there aren't enough Democratic House votes to pass the rule needed to consider the tax bill, and House Republicans who will vote for the final bill won't vote for the rule because, well, the minority just never does that. What a humiliation that would be!
Don't be too harsh. I've been trying my best to avoid this. For years, I've kept myself on a careful diet, serving up heaps of politics' greatest laxative: pork. And now, I'm trying to secure another, $850 billion helping. Maybe all this will be easier next year, when I'll run on oversteeped tea and tobacco fumes. And probably more pork.
According to some, House Democrats Thursday felt compelled to waste time fuming about a tax deal that they all know will eventually pass. Or maybe it's just that I'm just trying to make a point, Senate. How many bills of mine have you failed to pass this Congress? Something like 400? Maybe I'm tired of you getting all the attention, demanding that everyone work around your schedule because, well, you just can't help that it takes an all-but-impossible supermajority for you to do anything anymore. It didn't used to be this way. You've changed, Senate, and I wish you'd come to your senses.
Of course, I'm just rationalizing here. Senate, you aren't the only one in the bicameral club with a few issues.
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| December 16, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
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