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Monday, November 29, 2004

The House of Republican Representatives

That is what we should start calling it, and with good cause. Speaker Dennis Hastert expressed his new policy last week in which Congress will pass bills only if most House Republicans back them. By definition this totally throws most bipartisan backed bills out of the window. It will also sway moderate republicans to vote with their more extreme right wing counterparts. Although this comes as no surprise, it is still kind of shocking to read how blatant they are going about their right wing business in print. Well, the majority of the majority now rule. There have already been instances of these exclusionary tactics to date, and a couple of examples were given in the article:

Some scholars say Hastert's decision should not come as a surprise. In a little-noticed speech in the Capitol a year ago, Hastert said one of his principles as speaker is "to please the majority of the majority."

"On occasion, a particular issue might excite a majority made up mostly of the minority," he continued. "Campaign finance is a particularly good example of this phenomenon. The job of speaker is not to expedite legislation that runs counter to the wishes of the majority of his majority."

Hastert put his principle into practice one week ago today. In a closed meeting in the Capitol basement, he urged his GOP colleagues to back the intelligence bill that had emerged from long House-Senate negotiations and had President Bush's support. When a surprising number refused, Hastert elected to keep it from reaching a vote, even though his aides said it could have passed with a minority of GOP members and strong support from the chamber's 206 Democrats.

Hooray for bipartisan politics! Ugh…..



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