District Two Deserves to Be in the Room when Legislation is Crafted
The egregiously irresponsible way in which the Democrats rammed the Affordable Care Act through the legislative process caused them to lose their majority in the House of Representatives in 2010. This trend will continue in 2012 when the Republicans gain a majority in the Senate too. All indications are that Republican control of the legislative branch won't be going away any time soon.
After 2012, Democrats in Washington will have about as much voice as Maryland Republicans do in Annapolis. District Two needs to have a sensible Republican in the room with Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner, et al, when the legislation is being crafted, so he can step up whenever necessary, put his arm around one of them and say, "Hey, why don't we try it this way instead." With the status quo, all District Two gets is someone waiting around outside for the Republicans to issue the legislation ... so he can vote against it ... and ultimately be outvoted. District Two deserves better.
"In Washington, there is no job more insignificant than a minority member of the House of Representatives."