Late last night, Nancy Pelosi instructed that the House floor vote be left open well over the allotted 15 minutes to allow her lieutenants to twist arms and get Democrats to change their votes - a clear violation of House rules.
Wait a minute. After Democrats took over last year, they pledged, and even wrote into the House rules that this arm twisting by the majority would never again happen. Sure, the awful Republicans did it on prescription drugs (a bill Jim Ryun voted against despite arm twisting from Republican leadership and President Bush). But not us. We Democrats are for fairness *cough* *cough* *cough* in elections. We're for counting every vote, as many times as necessary, until we win. I mean, we want Members of Congress to be able to vote their conscience.
Nancy Boyda decried the tactics of the Republican majority when she was running for Congress, but last night she fell right in line (as usual) with Speaker San Fran Nan Pelosi. No outrage. No press release decrying these undemocratic tactics, these unethical violation of House rules.
No, Nancy Boyda is loyal to Nancy Pelosi and will stay in quiet assent to the House rules violation.
And the irony of it all, this ethical violation took place on a vote to . . . drumroll please . . . . . . create a new outside ethics panel.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.