Friday, October 11, 2013

The Democratic Argument

Ezra Klein is on Hugh Hewitt making the Democratic argument that they should get their way in the spending debate.

1. What if Democrats decided they wouldn't open the government unless Republicans passed the public option?

There are two problems here.
a) Republicans aren't attaching a policy rider here. They are appropriating money in an appropriations bill and choosing not to appropriate it to ACA. That's within bounds.

b) Democrats attached a policy rider of when the troops had to come home to Iraq War funding in 2007. George Bush vetoed it.

2. Democrats won the popular vote by 1.5 million votes. (It was actually 1.365 million)

This is just stupid. The winners of House seats have never been determined by who wins a national House popular vote. Nothing ever has. The Constitution provides no power to whoever wins the House popular vote any more than they gave Al Gore anything for winning the Presidential popular vote.

The Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the 1960 World Series. The Pirates got the rings.

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