Well the Democrats decided not to use the procedure after all and I would imagine this hackery from the media is the reason why. Savannah Guthrie repeats the GOP talking point that "pass and deem" is controversial and Howard Dean points out that it's actually not and David Gregory sweeps in to save her and filibusters the rest of the segment so Dean can't get another word in.
Once again, here's the network they keep trying to paint as "liberal". I would say MSNBC actually has three hosts you could honestly call liberals, Shuster, Olbermann and Maddow. The rest of them are a bunch of Villager talking heads who are more worried about which D.C. cocktail party they're going to be invited to next than acting like journalists. Speaking of Rachel Maddow, can we get her to replace this hack Gregory some time soon? A person can dream I guess. I'd actually look forward to watching the show if she got it.
Dean: I’ve got a question for you guys which is controversial. Nancy Pelosi has been vilified by the Republicans and used as a fund raising punching bag. This is what Speakers are supposed to do. If she gets… if Barack Obama gets this thing through, Nancy Pelosi it seems to me gets a lions’ share of the credit. Doesn’t this kind of reinforce that the media has been beating up on her. This is exactly what great Speakers do.
Guthrie: I can tell you what the senior folks here feel about Nancy Pelosi. Say what you will about her they look at her and they say everything we had asked her to do in the last year she has got it done. They look at her as a very, very effective Speaker and speaking of her I can tell you, they have now decided to go forward with this, a somewhat controversial procedure called “deem and pass” and it’s something that’s got a lot of talk this weekend. The posture up until, I don’t know, this morning was, we’re considering it but they hadn’t said they’ll definitely do it, but it’s my understanding now, yes they’re going to go that route, which is essentially they’re going to have a rule, pass the fixes to the Senate bill and then by virtue of passing that rule it will deem the Senate bill passed. This is extremely controversial and some people have said it’s kind of an underhanded way, a back door way to pass this Senate bill.
Dean: The public’s point of view is this is all inside the beltway nonsense.
Guthrie. It is…
Dean: It has been used what, thirty five times by George Bush or something like that. I mean it’s just… this is not even as controversial as breaking the filibuster with a majority rule provision.
Gregory: But the bottom line is that people don’t like the way that Washington is working.
And Gregory never shuts up until the segment is out of time. Ugh.