Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Video: Democratic Senator complains lame-duck agenda “rigged” on hot mic

(Hot Air) – “It’s all rigged, the whole conversation’s rigged,” Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) complained today on the Senate floor — without realizing that someone had left the C-SPAN microphones hot. An aide quickly alerted staff and had the mics shut off, but not before viewers heard Bennet’s disembodied voice griping about the top-down management of the lame-duck agenda. The Daily Caller first reported it without identifying the Senator, but Bennet later stood by his remarks.

But there is more irony to be mined in a complaint from Bennet on rigging conversations. Just five weeks ago, Bennet’s campaign tried to get radio station KOA to rig an interview leading up to the midterm election. At that time, the only conversation Bennet wanted to have was about how great he was, and how much of a sacrifice it was to actually campaign for office. He wasn’t having a lot of those other conversations then, either — at least not by choice.

Honestly, the process of debate is nonexistent. One sees more of a filibuster than a real debate. This is how Washington is run. It is pure pageantry for the general public. While the vote is done openly, everything is done behind close doors.