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Time: The GOP House Making A Mockery?

From the once upon a time news magazine Time:

The GOP House’s Opening Act: Making a Statement — Or Making a Mockery?

By Alex Altman / Washington Wed Jan 5, 2010

Two months after a sweeping victory in the midterm elections, Republicans officially reclaim the House of Representatives on Wednesday. But before the new majority party begins the business of governing – which they don’t even really get down to until the end of the month – they will take the opportunity to savor their triumph and make a statement with a good dose of Washington political theater.

At about noon, the House clerk will call the chamber to order. After reciting a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the members will elect Rep. John Boehner as Speaker. The Ohioan will be presented by his predecessor, outgoing Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, before swearing in the largest GOP freshman class in more than a half-century.

Then the festivities begin in earnest. Later in the afternoon, the GOP will introduce the Rules of the 112th Congress, a package of relatively radical provisions the party says will help reform the House budget process, ferret out waste and heighten transparency. On Thursday morning, in a ceremony led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, House Republicans – and Democrats who accept an invitation to participate – will read aloud all 4,543 words of the Constitution, the text many of its members made the centerpiece of their fall campaigns. Then, on Friday, the GOP will punctuate a momentous week by opening floor debate on the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Barring delay, House Republicans will repeal the outgoing Democratic Congress’s signature legislative accomplishment on Jan. 12, just a week after regaining control of the lower chamber…

So where is the "mockery" part? Is it the reading of the Constitution? Or fulfilling a campaign promise to vote to repeal a piece of legislation that is opposed by 2/3rds of the American people?

[M]oving swiftly to eviscerate the health care law isn’t merely a not-so-subtle overture to their conservative base. It also sets the tone for what could be a bitter two years of gamesmanship and gridlock on Capitol Hill, particularly since most legislation House Republicans shepherd through will likely perish in the still Democratic-controlled Senate. That will almost certainly be the fate of the health care repeal effort, which is officially titled the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, dubbed it a "disingenuous" piece of political theater. "It’s a kabuki dance. The fact of the matter is we’re not going to repeal it," she told reporters on Tuesday. "If it weren’t so sad, it would be laughable."

Have you seen the clip of Ms. DeLauro saying this? She looks like a kabuki figure in a bit of laughable political theater of her own.

Such sparring foreshadows what most observers expect to be a charged, contentious session. In the coming months, Boehner’s lieutenants will probe Democratic policies on everything from national security, climate change and financial regulation to education, illegal immigration and Net neutrality. Incoming House Oversight and Government Reform chair Darrell Issa has signaled his intention to become the President’s personal gadfly, while Homeland Security chairman Peter King plans to hold hearings on the "radicalization" of Muslims in the U.S.

Yet the GOP faces challenges of its own. The party has promised to cut spending by $100 billion, but for the most part has yet to specify how – except that it will not touch military, veterans or homeland security expenditures…

But as the close of the 111th Congress proved, the 112th is hardly consigned to total gridlock. Even amid Tuesday’s barb-slinging, leaders in both parties cited overlapping priorities, including job creation and debt reduction. And they could find common ground in the effort to reform a tax code both sides say is overly cumbersome. "They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time," President Obama said of Republicans, as he returned from his Hawaiian vacation to a changed capital. "But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people."

Economically-hurting Americans can only hope the President is right. And on Wednesday, in addition to celebrating a major electoral victory, Republicans will become a full partner in that process, for better and for worse.

What media bias?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Time: The GOP House Making A Mockery?”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Time. Hmmmm. Wasn’t that a news magazine?

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Is it even possible to make a mockery of a mockery?

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I really laugh at reading how the article is so charged up with emotional terms. No doubt to infuriate an ultra-socialist base. By reading the Constitution, word for word, it strikes me as a parent sitting down at the table and lecturing the children. They don’t want to hear it and hate the whole idea. But it needs to be done. They have been very bad and they know it and this is part of their punishment. If they then play by the rules, they can still play. But, the notification is going out that this is a lecture, not a group hug. Group hugs are for idiots.

    • untrainable says:

      …this is a lecture, not a group hug. Group hugs are for idiots.
      It’s about time someone lectured the lefties. Their messiah has been lecturing us for the last 2 years. We’re bitter clingers. We’re too stupid to understand that what they are doing to this country is for our own good. We’re racists. We’re homophobes. We’re like Homer Simpson. Well, now it’s their turn to be on the other end of the ruler, and no knuckles ever deserved a good catholic school knuckle whacking than the kindergarden left. They should make Princess Pelosi sit in the corner and wear the dunce cap while the constitution is read. THAT would be good political theater.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Nice of Mr. Altman to just blatantly plagiarize the analogies and language of Conservative journalists. But what else is to be expected? Liberals have no qualms stealing private wealth, taking credit for successes that aren’t their own and blaming others for their destruction. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Unfortunately in politics it’s also the lowest form of trickery.

    When are we going to see the article blasting the Democrats as the “Party of No” (Constitution)? I won’t hold my breath.

  5. artboyusa says:

    In its glory days of 1923 – 1960ish, Time was known for its punchy, idiosyncratic house style: movie producers were “cinemoguls” and movie audiences were “cinemaddicts”, radio personalities were “radiorators”, every obituary remarked that “death came, as it must to all men, for So and So…” and oftentimes were sentences inverted, famously parodied in the New Yorker as “backwards ran the sentences until reeled the mind” and “where it will all end, knows God”. As a kid I used to have lots of Time back issues and loved that special Timespeak style.

    But now observe the sloppy, lazy, boring language in this cliché drenched article, and with a tear water the Earth with regret for fallen journalistic standards…”sweeping” victory,”savored” triumphs, moving “swiftly” – and what is a “relatively radical” provision? No wonder no one reads the stupid rag anymore.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Politicians fulfilling campaign promises without delay? Reading and pledging to abide by the Constitution? Making pacts with their voters to do whateverthey were elected to do? Having the gonads to tell the percentage of the population that actually elect wilfully those clowns that fight tooth and nail to ruin the country to go screw? Repealing an odious, illegal and immoral tyranical decree thinly disguised as “legislation”?

      That is change I can believe in!

  6. River says:

    So their slobbering love affair with the false ObaMessiah wasn’t theater? It is the worst kind of theater, destructive posturing. Everything Democrats do has gravitas and significance; while conservatives are motivated only by low and mean selfishness, racism, and a shallow desire for “theater”.

    A reckoning is coming for these demagogues.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    President Obama : “But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people.”

    There’s that ‘focused like a laser’ crapolla we’ve heard for the last 2 1/2 years.
    “How can this boob create something he has never delved in or understood?”
    That statement alone means there is a vacation around the corner. For his simple mind must be wretched!!

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