If the Stockholm Syndrome Republicans in the Senate, led by Caspar Milquetoast Mitch McConnell, aren’t the most ineffectual human beings on the planet, I hope I never have the misfortune of meeting those who are; yet we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being forced to rely on these spineless weaklings to keep Harry Reid from rushing the country headlong into ruin.
Erick Erickson does an excellent job of detailing what the Senate Republicans could be doing to forestall passage of Reid’s health care legislation.
The Founding Fathers created a Republic, but 60 Senators are poised to take it away. With the pending disaster of the passage in the Senate of a bill nationalizing one sixth of the U.S. economy and our entire healthcare system at a cost of over $2.5 trillion, we are faced with a crucial question: are the Republican senators using every means at their disposal to stop this looming, tyrannical abuse of power? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be “no.”
The Senate, unlike the House of Representatives, has parliamentary rules and procedures that give the minority the ability to stall legislation. In fact, unlike the House, the minority have the ability to virtually paralyze the Senate. Doing so is not something we would want or expect for every bad bill that comes through Congress, but the proposed healthcare legislation is probably the worst piece of legislation ever considered by the United States Congress. It is the most intrusive, most damaging, most costly, most dangerous bill to the economic and personal freedom and liberty of individual Americans that Congress has ever considered. If there is any bill that deserves being stopped by shutting down the Senate, it is this one.
There are a whole series of parliamentary maneuvers that could be used by Republican senators to stop this bill. There is a hard backstop to the current process (Christmas). The Republicans’ goal should be to prevent Reid from passing the bill before that time. If he goes past Christmas and is forced to adjourn or recess, the momentum will shift in favor of those opposing the bill. (more…)
Could be doing, but aren’t. One is left with the feeling that Senate Republicans aren’t feeling the same sense of urgency about this legislation that I am. We need William Wallace; instead we have some elderly sisters all in a bother about whether to serve cucumber or watercress sandwiches at the next meeting of the garden club.
All we can do is watch in frustration and hope that McConnell has a secret plan of such exquisite perfection that mere citizens are incapable of understanding its arcane subtleties.