You can be a maverick if your party says it’s okay

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 10/29/2010

During the legislative process for health care reform, I learned all sorts of disappointing things about Congress, for instance that members of Congress routinely vote on bills which they haven’t read. Then we had Rep. Conyers explaining how ridiculous it was for people to expect their representatives in Congress to read the bill because he confessed that he wouldn’t be able to understand it even if he did read it. Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained that it was necessary to pass the bill so we could discover what it was about.

But the most disappointing thing that I learned was that the Democratic defectors had been given permission to defect by their party’s leadership.
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