House Republicans are fuming over Democrats' decision to hold the next vote on the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Thursday -- when many Republicans will be in California as President Bush tours areas hit by wildfires.
"Five to seven members are going, all of whom would be 'no' votes, and [Democrats] know it," House Republican Whip Roy Blunt told CNN. "This is clearly designed to minimize the Republican opposition to this bill."
After years of late night votes, extended voting, frequent rewriting of the rules to get their way, the Republicans are shocked that the Democrats might announce well in advance that they are going to hold a vote on a bill the American people overwhelmingly want at a time that favors its passage. How dare they interrupt these lawmakers participation in an important presidential photo-op with the business of lawmaking! This kind of mean Democratic vote scheduling is just one step short of Hamas-trained eye-rolling.
And that important presidential photo-op went so well, too.
Rancho Bernardo residents began their journey back home with a surprise today.
They were stuck in traffic for two to three hours sitting in their cars at a standstill because of President Bush's visit to their community.
Police and the CHP had blocked off Interstate 15 ramps to West Bernardo Drive, which leads to the recovery center that was opened yesterday. Cars lined up for miles on the freeway.
The Republican House members claim that they need to be in California to help their constituents. That's a valid point but, as Glenn Beck has pointed out, there are also Democrats in Southern California. The need to get home to help their constituent, too. However, they don't feel that the most important way to do that is by providing a back drop for Bush's unconvincing efforts to look concerned about other people. They do it by actually meeting with constituents and by passing bills those constituents want. The Republicans might learn something if they whined less and worked more.