Voting one way and hoping for a different outcome has been a habit for representatives and senators ever since . . . well . . . ever since the creation of Congress. So I don’t know why Carl Hulse thinks that he has a scoop on his hands when he writes about the “Vote No, Hope Yes” segment of the congressional Republican caucus. Members of Congress will regularly vote one way in order to safeguard their political interests and position, while hoping for a different outcome concerning the legislation they are voting on. Hulse may think that kind of behavior does not contribute to a mature political process, and he may well be right, but it is not going anywhere anytime soon, it has not yet contributed to the fall of the republic, and it has been as much a part of America as has God, motherhood and apple pie.
I take a backseat to no one in criticizing congressional Republicans for various acts that display minimal intellectual ability, as I believe in Franklin’s maxim that “our critics are our friends, for they show us our faults.” But Hulse’s breathless reporting reveals nothing whatsoever to anyone familiar with American political history.