The Democrats may balk at the characterization as “cheating” or a “stolen vote,” but the American public understands each side plays procedural games with the other in an attempt to slow down or thwart the opponent’s agenda. While the general public may not understand all the nuances of parliamentary tactics, they do understand that you don’t change or “fix” the score after the game has been played.
The Houston Chronicle reports that a committee has been convened to decide the proper outcome from this incident, quoting an apparently delusional Speaker Pelosi:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., charged Republicans with blatant obstructionism: “They’ve just been deluged by the success of the Democrats on behalf of the American people,” she said.
I’d love to know how she defines this “deluge of success”. Last I checked they’ve done pretty much nil, which is a great thing. It is good for America most times when nil is accomplished by the do-gooders on both sides of the aisle in Washington.
Ironically, it was the Democrats themselves, in their march to bring decency back into the chambers who enacted the rule which was ostensibly broken Thursday night. As Forbes reports:
Democrats changed House rules in January to disallow the practice of holding votes open to affect the outcome. The new rule came after Republicans routinely held open votes to twist arms, including a 2003 episode on the Medicare prescription drug bill in which Republicans held a vote open for three hours until finally prevailing.