Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sauce for the goose

Rachel Maddow is excited by the "sit-in" being conducted by Democrats on the floor of the House of Representatives. The Democrats are breaking regular order and disrupting the routine of House business to demand a vote on gun-control measures.

The sit-in is ongoing and we don't know how or when it will end. However, it's not nearly as exciting for me as it is for Maddow.

When members of Congress throw over the institution's rules and procedures, they set a dangerous precedent. Republicans will remember what Democrats have done and they won't hesitate to pull a similar stunt, or worse, if they think they can derive political benefit. Sauce for the goose, and all that.

Congress is a dysfunctional mess, no question, but turning it into more of a circus isn't going to make it better. If you think that Congress is so broken that we might as well disrupt it any way we can, you're indulging the same irrational, anarchic impulses as Trump's supporters.

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