Video: The obligatory “Anthony Weiner goes berserk on House floor” clip
posted at 4:16 pm on July 30, 2010 by Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Congressmen somehow can’t agree to provide health care for 9/11 responders without screaming like lunatics.” How did it come to this, you ask? Well, the Dems initially planned to introduce the 9/11 bill under normal procedures, with a simple majority vote needed to pass it, but then they started wetting themselves at the thought of having to take tough votes on amendments — especially ones related to illegal immigration — introduced by the GOP. So, change of plans: Instead of a majority vote, they invoked a special rule that lets them deny Republicans the right to offer amendments but requires two-thirds of the House to pass the bill. The GOP decided to protest the procedural move by having virtually all of its members vote no, which brings us to the freakout du jour. Beyond the basic irony of Weiner demanding that floor votes be geared towards the substance of a bill instead of procedural concerns (remember how Dems handled that during reconciliation on ObamaCare?), there’s a grander irony here that Limbaugh identified on his show. Namely, the only reason the Dems needed a special rule for this bill in the first place is that they feared some Democrats would vote against it if the GOP succeeded in getting its amendments attached. It’s the cowardice of their own Blue Dog caucus that painted them into a corner, but there’s no political advantage to Weiner in dwelling on that fact. So here he is instead pitching a hissyfit in front of the C-SPAN cameras, knowing full well that the fightin’ nutroots will moon over him for days. Hey, Anthony? Good news: In a few months, you won’t have to worry about those Blue Dogs anymore.