Thursday, July 9, 2009

Parliamentary Smackdown

Senator Jim DeMint is one of the few good ones in Washington. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this clip shows DeMint playing the Democrats as hypocrites in real-time:

For those of us who aren't parliamentary procedure geeks, RedState supplies the translation of what just happened:
Sen DeMint of South Carolina is trying to put in an amendment calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve into a bill, so that it can be voted on. Senator Nelson of Nebraska promptly pops up and calls for the amendment to be removed, as not being germane: Senator Hagan of North Carolina promptly approves that call. DeMint then goes on to mention specific other clauses that would also apply, in order to get Hagan to a) admit that they fall under the same rule and b) highlight the fact that they won’t be removed, too. The fact that I think that this is funny no doubt says awful things about my sense of humor, after going on eight years being involved in following politics; but it never hurts to highlight hypocrisy.
Just another episode from the most ethical Congress in history, and the side of the aisle who pledged transparency and accountability. Eh, never mind all that garbage.

There's my two cents.

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