Wyoming’s resident C Street theocon can’t seem to make up his mind.
In an interview with Sirius XM's POTUS channel today, Enzi was asked about his expectations for the health care reform summit:
"I'm really worried about it," he said. "I think it's gonna be just a media show, instead of an actual opportunity to take a look at things."
But Enzi has previously demanded that Obama keep his campaign promise and air the debate on C-SPAN, undersigning a letter from Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (and signed by the rest of the Senate Republicans) to Harry Reid that called for "increased transparency," and asserted that "closed door negotiations and unprecedented special provisions in exchange for votes do not meet the expectations of the American people."
There's an added level to Enzi's hypocrisy, since he spent so much time in closed door meetings as one of the Baucus Gang of Six. He apparently had no objections to those negotiations being secret. But the House/Senate conference, no, that had to be transparent. But now we might once again have too much transparency by having this meeting televised…
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In itself, this is not very significant, but it does illustrate a larger issue. Whenever Obama and the Democrats want to include Republicans behind closed doors, of course Enzi and his fellow Republicans object. And when Obama and the Democrats want to do things in the open, of course Enzi and his fellow Republicans object. I think that to these hypocrites bipartisanship means that Republicans have the prerogative to switch at will between mutually exclusive positions.