I would say that Republicans stuck to their guns (in some cases, literally) and said in effect “Decisions have consequences.” Steve Shurtleff, the Democrat Speaker of the NH House, YOU shut the House down and we don’t have to go along with rewriting YOUR rules to make it work.”
No, they don’t. Nor SHOULD they. Let the Democrats live with the consequences of their decisions.
And make them live up to their current rule book. That’s to say, Rule #4:
RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
In this case, the Rules of the House.
Look, the Democrats changed the House rules to suit themselves AND stuck their thumbs into the Republicans eye sockets. Remember carrying guns on the House floor where NOTHING bad has ever happened due to their presence other than the wailing of “I’m not SAFE!” (by the Dems) at the beginning of the Session? While the Repubs couldn’t do anything then, they can now. By doing nothing.
Kevin Landrigan, in the piece “House GOP revolts, threatens to kill remaining 2020 bills” is absolutely wrong in both framing and construction UNLESS one has Democrat sympathies et al (there’s a reason why most Conservatives look at the MSM and call them yet another Democrat front group with bylines and this one validates it (reformatted, emphasis mine):
CONCORD — A revolt Tuesday by minority Republicans in the New Hampshire House of Representatives has threatened to send a few hundred bills down to defeat this spring. The State House has been shut down for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant all the usual deadlines for the House and state Senate to finalize their own work for the 2020 session have now passed.
Got that part yet?
- Again, the Democrats shut down the House (and not Sununu who has NO control over the Democrat majority in the House who set their own rules; ditto the Senate).
- They shut down the House KNOWING that the deadlines were coming up fast. They continued to sit on their butts and did nothing. Deadlines passed.
So the Dems set up the situation, nothing that the Repubs could do about the shutdown…and Landrigan tries to place the blame with “threatened to send a few hundred bills down to defeat this spring.” So, how is it “Threatening” by being unwilling to change the current rules, eh Kevin? To me, that’s just quietly and gently practicing Irish Democracy (er, doing nothing).
But Narrative. Typical MSM.
When the House returns for a session June 11 on the campus of the University of New Hampshire, the first order of business will be to try to adopt new deadlines to keep all those bills alive. This will require a two-thirds vote. House Republicans met in a teleconference caucus and decided it would not vote to extend those deadlines, according to Republican Leader Dick Hinch of Merrimack.
Landrigan paints this as the Repubs won’t “go along to get along.” That those mean GOPpers MUST say yes no matter what? That they must be the “gentlemanly” and let themselves be whacked around a few hundred more times? What’s WITH the Republicans that aren’t “going with the program”?
Kevin, would the Democrats give into these new Rule changes if the tables were turned and they had the chance to stymie the Republicans?
Yeah, just what I thought – snowball’s chance in you know where. Remember, Deputy Dawg Shurtleff decided to try to legislatively crucify a number of Republican lawmakers simply because they stood on Constitutional grounds that they didn’t have to go to some silly training (and yes, I’m choosing that word specifically because otherwise, NONE of them should possess the title “Honorable”). Shurtleff, instead, decided to pin them with the label of “Perverts”.
And now, as he finds himself stuck in a hard place of his own making, is finding that this OTHER stupid decision is now having a consequence? Insulting those you needed to bail you out of the Rule Jail you put yourself AND a few hundred Democrat bills into? Oh, the irony of it all (Hahahahahahaha!):
A short time later Tuesday, House Speaker Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook, called the House GOP protest “outrageous.” He warned voters will hold Republican lawmakers accountable if they follow through on this threat.
What a crybaby. I’ll state the question for when I’m asked how I can be so courageous with some of my words here at the ‘Grok:
So? What can they do to me?
The answer is almost “nothing”. The worst thing that Shurtleff can do to the Repubs at this time is to yank them off every single committee. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. But he won’t – he’s too cowardly for that nuclear option given that November is coming soon. The PR fallout from this would get the attention of even the least politically voter in NH. And the attention of every Dem House member that got elected in otherwise Republican districts.
And that’s about the sum of it other than to rant that Hinch and his posse out maneuvered him AGAIN:
“To me it is outrageous when our state is facing a pandemic for us to abandon our important work. We will still show up on June 11 in an effort to do the people’s work despite their unprecedented action. If House Republican leadership chooses to sit back and prevent the legislative process from moving forward they can do it in public for everyone to see.”
The only unprecedented action is that you hung up the gavel voluntarily. And no points at all for hiding behind a virus, you chucklehead. You should have FIGURED that this was a possible outcome from the politics you’ve been playing so go whine somewhere that you MIGHT be listened to. Like, got a dog?
No, the Repubs are only living up to the rules that YOU set. Stupidly.
Why, pray tell, would the Repubs want to help you move your Democrat Agenda forward? Because that’s what has got your goat, isn’t it – they’re laughing at you for making such a colossal blunder.
Oh, this yanker at the end of the piece?
Gov. Chris Sununu, a two-term Republican, said he’s stayed out of this dispute because lawmakers must set their own rules. “Obviously leadership has to come to some consensus. I am really not involved in those discussions at all,” Sununu said.
Way to go in backing up your people, dude. No support at all? Letting them know that when they look around in the foxhole, you ain’t there?
Yeah, that’s “Obviously leadership“.