Cross-posted from the Brock Log.
Remember when I first asked if the Democrats were backing away from campaign promises?
I wasn't wrong.
Democrats To Start Without GOP Input
As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.
But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.
The Democrats are doing exactly what the Republicans did for 12 years by using these House rules to keep Republicans from debating bills.
I can sympathize with Speaker-Designate Pelosi's desires to keep the 100 hour promises, but she cannot use the argument that the ends justify the means in doing it. She must allow Republicans the ability to offer alternative legislation. To do otherwise is to break promises to America and will violate the trust we have given the Democratic Congress.
It's painful, I admit. It was hard swallowing the Republican leaderships mistreatment of Democrats for 12 years, I know. Revenge is so easy, and so tempting, now that you're in power. You've got to be better than them, though. Especially you, Ms. Pelosi. You've got to rise above the level of politics as it has been for the last decade and build a new way.