MIRROR, MIRROR….The Carpetbagger is unimpressed with faux Republican outrage over Harry Reid’s supposed violation of congressional tradition and Senatorial courtesy in calling for a closed session yesterday:
It’s more than a little amusing to hear congressional Republicans worrying about such niceties. Which party likes to hold open five-minute votes indefinitely until the get the results they want? Which party prevents the minority from offering amendments (.pdf) to legislation? Which party forbids the minority from participating in conference committees? Which party shuts down committee hearings when they start to become politically inconvenient? Which party decided that the Senate leader of one party could campaign against the Senate leader of the other party for the first time in American political history?
Republicans want to lecture Dems about decorum and polite floor tactics? Are they kidding?
As Washington Monthly editor Paul Glastris pointed out last year, it’s important to remember who started this. Republicans need to take a long look in the mirror before they crank up the outrage dial too far.
UPDATE: Kash has yet another list of traditional courtesies that Republicans have done away with over the past few years.