Only a Fool Would Trust the House of Lords
by Bob Brigham, Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 01:41:41 AM EST
In a surprise to pollsters everywhere, there apparently are a few people who trust the United States Senate. I'm not joking. Even more shocking, some of these rubes even pay attention to politics.
For example, in an apparent move to embarrass Mother Jones, Kevin Drum actually wrote:
This is good news: both that passing the Senate bill along with an agreement to fix specific pieces later via reconciliation is the preferred strategy, as well as the fact that the Democratic leadership is apparently "working the phones furiously" to make it happen.
Calling people and saying they need to trust the senate isn't a strategy, it is a prank call. I know our Party has been striving to grasp disillusionment from the jaws of hope, but the last thing Democrats need are talking points to the base explaining the cave is out of trust of the senate.
Blogosphere parliamentarian David Waldman pondered the absurdity:
Why would anyone in the House agree to pass the Senate bill 1st & surrender all leverage in forcing the fix through? People advocate that?
Nobody should trust the senate. Since just passing the senate bill is indefensible on policy grounds and sure political suicide, the only options are to fix the senate bill or walk away. If you want a bill passed, that means we need to fix the senate bill. So unless you are foolish enough to trust the senate, it comes down to sequence. Waldman explains the simplicity of a plan far more logical than trusting the senate despite all past experience.
I'm concerned that people who appear to favor a reconciliation fix are forgetting the important part: that the Senate come through first.
If the senate isn't planning to punk us, there is no reason why the senate shouldn't pass the fix before the House passes the senate bill.
We should have a healthy debate of what is necessary to adequately fix the senate bill, but when it comes to the sequence of passing the fix, nobody should be silly enough to simply *trust* the senate.