Politics is like Chess. Strategy, making moves your opponent doesn’t expect, delay until you are in a stronger position, looking ahead in the game and based on the rules, anticipate what your opponent will do, these are some things you can do to win.
None of that works if your opponent changes or ignores the rules.
That is what the Democrats are doing to force on the American people this health care bill
One of the chess moves you can make in politics is to delay your opponent.
Here is a rule.
“Reading: Under Rule XV, paragraph 1, and Senate precedents, an amendment shall be read by the Clerk before it is up for consideration or before the same shall be debated unless a request to waive the reading is granted; in practice that includes an ordinary amendment or an amendment in the nature of a substitute, the reading of which may not be dispensed with except by unanimous consent, and if the request is denied the amendment must be read and further interruptions are not in order; interruptions of the reading of an amendment that has been proposed are not in order, even for the purpose of proposing a substitute amendment to a committee amendment which is being read. When an amendment is offered the regular order is its reading, and unanimous consent is required to call off the reading.” (Riddick’s Senate Procedure, P.43-44)
But here is what happened
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday afternoon withdrew his proposal to create a single-payer insurance system after Republicans compelled Senate clerks to spend hours reading his 767-page amendment to the health care bill as a way to slow down work on the legislation. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) forced clerks to begin reading the amendment in the Republicans’ first attempt at stalling the health care bill.
How Sanders was able to withdraw his amendment is unclear — under the chamber’s rules it appears that a motion to withdraw would not be in order during the reading of the bill. However, the Senate Parliamentarian — in what a GOP aide called “an incredibly bizarre decision” — ruled Sanders’ request was allowable.
Coburn, who originally forced the reading of the amendment, attempted to call for the “regular order,” which would be the reading of the amendment. However, the presiding officer recognized Sanders long enough for him to withdraw, saying it was within the Senator’s rights to do so.
Read the article this came from Here
They broke a rule, and the guy who is supposed to enforce the rules (the Paliamentarian referred to) just let them.
How do you fight that? Where do you go for justice when the rule enforcer is breaking the rules?
Here’s some more links about what is going on with this bill.
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