If you haven't seen it, or not seen it in its entirety, it is worth the view: U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) melted down (FoxNews.com) on the House floor last week. His rant, ostensibly, was over Republican opposition to a spending bill for New York City's 9/11 first responders. Actually, Republicans were not against the bill so much as the procedure — the liberal leadership of the House brought the bill up under a suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority. Under a suspension, amendments are not allowed, and the GOP wanted to offer amendments. According to CNN, the bill likely will come up again under the normal procedure, in which a simple majority is needed. So, it seems as if Congressman Weiner's outburst is all about nothing. If the Dems don't want any amendments, they have the votes to kill them. That simple. (See Michael McAuliff at New York Daily News' Mouth of the Potomac blog.) Which begs the question: Why get so hyper over a simple procedural vote?
The answer may be that the congressman knows that the liberal House (of cards) was found out long ago and that in about three months the American public will take a collective huff and puff and blow it all down. That would cause a lot of stress and the need to concoct a procedure to frame the opposition party into looking as if it's against the principle of the bill (and 9/11 heroes) when it, in fact, had different ideas on how to implement it (see PostChronicle.com). No one is falling for it.
Like a con man getting found out, a very telling reaction from Congressman Anthony Weiner.