This is probably a very dumb question, so forgive me in advance:
Suppose after Boehner’s latest effort tanks that the somewhat-less-evil Reid bill gets before the House somehow or other and the CNN Doomsday Clock keeps ticking. And suppose that the very large majority of the 193 Democrats in the House (modulo a Blue Dog here or there) are prepared to vote for it.
Then all you need is 30-40 somewhat sane (or subject to Wall St. pressure) Republicans out of the 240 in their caucus, right? Is party discipline so strong, madness so widespread, that they don’t exist?
Or am I missing something more basic about House procedure which might prevent that vote from happening?
[Original draft 5/28/2009. In preparation for my blog redesign, I’ve been going through draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]
2010: Still relevant, but the whole things seems a little quaint now that Obama has decided to govern as a Reagan Republican; that may be saner than a DeMint Republican, but are those the only choices?
U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a crowd of supporters [last week] that the country needs to address a “militant terrorist situation” that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities.
According to the AP, Ms. Angle was referring to … wait for it.. Dearborn, Michigan.
Dearborn, Michigan? Controlled by militant terrorist Muslims who want to deport all the other citizens of the town?
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations was really quite kind about it all, settling for calling Angle's demagoguery “incoherent bigotry”. How about, maybe, several sandwiches short of a picnic? Certifiable? Raving delusional? Unfit for public office? Yet Angle is leading in some polls in Nevada.
Time to dust off one of my favorite Thomas Jefferson quotes:
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.
Then again, maybe Sen. Angle would be the retribution.