House Republicans just had another legislative trainwreck this afternoon as they failed to pass another big spending bill because of defections by GOP moderates.
If you look in this AP story
you find this ...
Twenty-two Republicans voted against the measure, many of them moderates who also are swing votes on the budget-cutting legislation.
The defeat upset Republican plans to finish up nearly all the spending bills before leaving for the Thanksgiving recess. Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, manager of the bill, said it may now get thrown into a year-end "omnibus" over which members have little control.
The point here is, who cares about this vote? Republicans control the body. So they can just stick this stuff back in the big omnibus bill at the end of the year when everything comes down to just one vote. Presumeably, then, these moderates will feel obliged to vote for the whole thing.
Doesn't this set these twenty-two moderates up for one of those juicy, 'I voted for it before I voted against it' moments?
Of course, it does.
And the same thing applies to the ANWR stuff from last week and a bunch of these other recent legislative defeats. Somebody needs to compile the lists of who these Reps are, what they voted against
today and keep the list on hand to see if they vote for
it later this year.