Sunday, February 14, 2010

His Hypocrisy is Transparent

Wyoming’s resident C Street theocon can’t seem to make up his mind.

GOPHypocrites Mike Enzi joins Boehner and Kyl on the not so fast on the transparency thing front.

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.


the walking man said...

I will be glued to C Span on that day. I want to see if they can do this with a camera in the room and neither side pander to it. I would think the security agencies could set it up so they wouldn't remember they were being filmed by the equipment in the room.

I would like to hear the idiots talk to the president the same nonsense they talk to the media. If nothing else there will be a record of this for future reference.

Lisa G. said...

Someone please tell Enzi, Boner, Cantor and the rest of them to STFU already. First it was a trap, then it was a plot, then it wasn't transparent, now it's too transparent. Really guys, get your conspiracy theories straight. Please. You're making the rest us crazy with all this shit; not as crazy as you guys are but then we didn't jump off the crazy train and get on the one that's going off a cliff.

TomCat said...

Mark, we still do not know if they will even show up. if they do, they will be taking pot shots without offering anything at all themselves. I hope I'm here to see it.

Lisa, id they STFU, that will cut off our best source of material with which to discredit them.

Tom Harper said...

Conservative Talking Pointers are right -- Obama's televised health care discussion IS a trap. They're being lured into a mysterious room where they'll have to rely on their own intelligence and their grasp of a complicated issue. No soundbites to hide behind, no corporate front groups to hold a fake "grass roots" "demonstration" against Obamacare.

Oh My God, what will happen to them in there? Don't Go Into The Light!!!

TomCat said...

That's the way I see it, Tom. Assuming that the Republicans make it clear that they have nothing to offer, Obama can go to reconciliation while making GOP claims that they were excluded so obviously false that only a tea bagger could believe otherwise.