Over the weekend I was aghast to read a brief mention of House speaker Dennis Hasterts's new atrocious policy: only allow votes on bills that are supported by a majority of the Republican majority. Good god.
It was bothersome enough to think that we'll have at least two more years of Republicans ruling Congress. But there was some consolation in knowing that this would be rule by a democratically elected majority.
Now Hastert is planning to allow a minority of House representatives to call the shots, since 51% of Republicans could stymie a bill that has the support of 49% of Republicans and 100% of Democrats. He would rather trash democracy and bipartisanship to avoid the prospect of, heavens, a bill passing because of Democrat votes.
If you want to let Hastert know what you think, send him a message.
Here's a copy of a Washington Post article on the subject. I placed it in an extended post so people could read it (and weep) without registering at washingtonpost.com.