So the Obama Administration -- seeking to avoid the telecom equivalent of the Bay of Pigs fiasco -- asked Congress to delay the transition 4 months and to fully fund the coupon program so that everyone can get their converter box subsidy. The Senate -- no dummies -- passed this unanimously Monday night.
So the House leadership tried to move it through on a suspension vote, requiring 2/3ds approval. this was not unreasonable, given the unanimous vote in the Senate and the rather non-partisan nature of the bill. But SURPIRSE!!! A sufficient number of Rs voted to block the bill. These Rs are dancing in the street over dealing Obama his first defeat, whoooo hoooooo!!!!!
Not only are their constituents likely to be rather annoyed with them, but they have just made any screw ups in the DTV transition officially "not Obama's fault" for all but that portion of the electorate that is convinced the heartbreak of psoriasis is Obama's fault, along with the current economic downturn and the attacks on 9/11. And while these Rs probably have a fair number of such folks in their districts, the Rs hanging on by their fingernails are no doubt right appreciative of this legislative counting coup.
I swear I keep thinking:
(Obama surrounded by Republican leadership, armed with shotguns).
Obama: All right Doc, you got me, would you like to shoot me now or wait 'til you get home.
Boehner: Shoot him now! Shoot him now!
Obama: You keep out of this, he doesn't have to shoot you now.
Boehner: Well I say he does! OK fellow Republicans, Shoot Him Now!!!!
[Obama ducks, House R leadership fires, executing a perfect circular firing squad.]
Boehner: (weakly rising from ground) Obama, you're dethspicable!
And, just for more fun, the House leadership can always bring it back on a regular vote where a simple majority will be sufficient.