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For It Before They Were Against It

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 9, 2008

This is the Republican Party’s idea of good governance. If the Democrats had dared to do this during their twelve years in the minority, you know full well that the press led by FOX would have been playing it up big-time:

On Wednesday afternoon, the House had just voted, 412 to 0, to pass H. Res. 1113, “Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother’s Day,” when Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), rose in protest.

“Mr. Speaker, I move to reconsider the vote,” he announced.

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who has two young daughters, moved to table Tiahrt’s request, setting up a revote. This time, 178 Republicans cast their votes against mothers.

It has long been the custom to compare a popular piece of legislation to motherhood and apple pie. Evidently, that is no longer the standard. Worse, Republicans are now confronted with a John Kerry-esque predicament: They actually voted for motherhood before they voted against it.

Republicans, unhappy with the Democratic majority, have been using such procedural tactics as this all week to bring the House to a standstill, but the assault on mothers may have gone too far. House Minority Leader John Boehner, asked yesterday to explain why he and 177 of his colleagues switched their votes, answered: “Oh, we just wanted to make sure that everyone was on record in support of Mother’s Day.”

By voting against it?

It’s not as if Republicans can claim that they acted on principle here, taking a stand against fluffy legislation — not when they tout even fluffier legislation designed to aid and abet FOX commentator Bill O’Reilly’s imaginary war on the imaginary enemies of Christmas.

7 Responses to “For It Before They Were Against It”

  1. […] Republican Party votes against motherhood: On Wednesday afternoon, the House had just voted, 412 to 0, to pass H. Res. 1113, “Celebrating […]

  2. MEC said

    I’m probably giving the Neo-KnowNothings too much credit, but maybe they voted against the resolution because they found out about Julia Ward Howe’s feminist and pacifist Mother’s Day Proclamation.

  3. As a person of my acquaintance said, “Nice to see that Tiahrt has other interests besides gutting gun control.”

  4. Charles said

    Republicans really are against motherhood and apple pie, so this is a welcome development. At least they’re not being hypocrites.

    If the Democrats don’t start using the hammer to punish frivolous votes like this, they are dopes.

  5. It would make a GREAT TV ad, wouldn’t it?

  6. Charles said

    Absolutely. In fact, one reason that the Dems should force the Pubbies to filibuster and otherwise fight for everything is that it will generate hours of oppo tape.

  7. shrimplate said

    I’m gonna tell mom.

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