As the Washington Post reports, the Republican majority in Congress doesn’t really care if it passes anything. It’s mostly occupied with getting roll call votes to use against Democratic candidates. As with next week’s vote to stop that nationwide outbreak of flag burning. Will Sen. Blanche Lincoln finally put that amendment over the top? That’s the word. Just remember what it’s really about.
“There’s no question that they are trotting out their hardy perennials,” said Matt Bennett, a former Democratic staffer who is vice president of Third Way, a centrist think tank. “They’re done purely for political gamesmanship. . . . No one can go to the floor and say, ‘The citizens of my district are demanding we take up the flag amendment.’ “