They Make It So Hard
The House voted last night to pass CAPITA, giving the President a crucial victory. The vote was 217 - 215 (or possibly 216 according to NC Rep. Charlie Taylor). Of course, in order to squeak out this victory, the House had to keep their vote open for 47 minutes past when voting should have ended. The leadership did this in order to twist enough arms and push enough fencesitters.
Why couldn't they have done this within the allotted time? Primarily, because they didn't have to -- the rules don't apply to them.
It is this type of relatively small and petty violations of rules and traditions that drive me crazy. In and of themselves, none of these things that Republicans do is earth shattering, but if you take all of these examples in aggregate, the arrogance the Republicans have shown is breathtaking.
If you don't agree with me, then how about this quote, when a previous House kept a vote open past the traditional 15 minutes: "The most arrogant, heavy-handed abuse of power I've ever seen in the 10 years that I've been here." The speaker, then Representative Dick Cheney.