Wednesday, 23 May 2007

House majority party treats minority party like crap, news at 11

Probably the most prominent feature of the past 30–40 years of American politics has been the near-simultaneous rise in party unity in the House and the evolution of aggressive majority-party control of the chamber.

To wit, the Democrats under Nancy Pelosi are behaving more-or-less identically with the Republicans under Newt Gingrich. John J. Pitney, Jr., chronicles the “old-boss, same-boss” dynamic here, with special demerits for Pelosi’s would-be right-hand-man, Jim John Murtha, who was given a pass on violating House rules on decorum after threatening retribution against a GOP lawmaker who proposed stripping funding from a pork project in Murtha’s constituency.

That isn’t to say that the majority party controls everything, even in the House; the bipartisan backers of bringing home the bacon appear to be behind this move to relocate pork-stuffing to conference committees, which will immunize pork provisions from being amended out of legislation. The Porkbusters Weenies™ are nervous, but as a political scientist, I’m just surprised it took the House that long to decide to lard up appropriations in conference.


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[Permalink] 1. Len Cleavelin wrote @ Thu, 24 May 2007, 12:58 pm CDT:

“Jim” Murtha? I think you meant John Murtha? Or have I fallen through a rift in the space-time continuum into an alternate universe?

I hate when that happens; it so interferes with the orderly flow of my day.



Ugh, shows you how awake I was when I put together that post.

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