Thursday, January 04, 2007

Barone: Dem Plans Run Up Against Reality

Check out Barone's take on the decision by House Democrats to hedge on their promise to have more open and honest proceedings in the House:

Now, though Democrats say they'll be fairer after the "100 hours" vote, it looks like the Democrats are going to renege on their promise, too. So are the House Democrats and the House Republicans before them to be condemned as hypocrites? Not by me. I think both sides were sincere when they made their promises. But once in the majority, the Democrats are finding, as the Republicans did before them, it's difficult if not impossible to run a legislature with 435 members without tightly controlling procedure. That means limiting debate to a considerable extent.

Generally, I agree.

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