According to Hastert For Congress, my good friend Denny is:
Known for his reputation in reaching across the aisle to develop bipartisan legislation, Hastert is well respected by both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Hastert proved this recently by confirming that he was working for “the majority of the majority“.
His policy is that if a majority of the Republicans in the House do not support a bill, then it will not come to the floor for a vote. This is in effect even if all the Democrats and a minority of the Republicans supported it. What a perfect way to show the American people that Congress is working in their best interest. Reaching across the aisle, my ass!
There are 227 Republicans, 210 Democrats, and 1 independent making up the House right now. Let’s play make believe and start talking about some kick ass bill we made up. 210 Democrats decide to support the bill (yes, it’s that cool), 110 Republicans agree, and that independent guy hops on for the ride. This means that there are only 117 members of the House who do not support the bill. That’s 26% who are against the bill.
At this point, Hastert (according to his own policy), would not allow the House to vote on the issue because the “majority of the majority” did not agree with it. Now if the House is truly representative of what the American people believe, 74% of the public would have supported that bill, and it gets turned down by one man. He must know something that we don’t.
I know I’m exaggerating a little bit, and nothing is going to turn out exactly like this, but the possibility is there. For somebody who advertises his bi-partisanship so much, he is sure trying to alienate a lot of people.
Did I mention he’s from Illinois and I didn’t vote for him? Good.