Via LGM, it seems Republicans are whining about procedural roadblocks that are getting in the way of them failing to repeal health care reform, and doing so with a level of hypocrisy that is dazzling to see:
But a bill to repeal the health care law drew the full force of both parties Tuesday as debate on the measure opened in the House, launching a two-year battle over President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
Ahead of the vote Wednesday, House Republican leaders pressed a new line of attack, accusing Democrats of thwarting the will of the people by not committing to give the bill an up-or-down vote in the Senate……
“We are here because we heard the American people in the last election,” Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on the House floor. “We said we’d do a straight up-or-down vote to repeal this health care law and that’s what we’re doing here today.”
Here’s a chart measuring the rise of the filibuster after Democrats got the majority in the Senate:
As Ezra notes, this chart actually underestimates the number of bills killed with the mere threat of a filibuster. The House passed over 400 bills that died in the Senate because they never reached the floor for an up-or-down vote.
Conservatives have ceased speaking English nowadays, and speak only in Bullshit. I get that. I read Roy Edroso and see things like, oh, wingnuts claiming if MLK had lived, he’d now wish he’d voted for Goldwater and objected to the Civil Rights Act. But this was such a swift heel turn that it leaves me breathless, especially since I imagine the filibuster as usual will continue in the Senate.