They're caught between "the gullible bigots who pledged to march in lockstep with anyone who promised to protect the children from illegals and feminazis and kissing boys, and the business interests who sought to get rich off those rubes before sending their jobs overseas," and they seek refuge from having to vote on issues that would splinter their patchwork faction of Big Business and Big Bigotry in procedural obfuscations. And Rep. Weiner is, quite rightly, mad as hell about it—and he's not going to take it anymore.
Rep. Weiner's Greatest Hits: Put Up or Shut Up and Sing It, Brother!
Acting Speaker: The gentleman from New York is recognized.
Some Other Congressman: Mr. Speaker, I yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from New York, Mr. Weiner.
[As Weiner strides purposefully up to the podium and grabs the mic, the acting speaker says, "The gentleman is recognized," and Weiner doesn't even let him finish before he launches into his statement.]
Weiner: Great courage, to wait until all members have already spoken and then stand up and wrap your arms around procedure. We see it in the United States Senate every single day, where members say, "We want amendments, we want debate, we want amendments, but we're still [opposed]!" And then [Republicans] stand up and say, "Oh, if only we had a different process, we'd vote yes." [Pounds on podium.] YOU VOTE YES IF YOU BELIEVE YES! YOU VOTE IN FAVOR OF SOMETHING IF YOU BELIEVE IT'S THE RIGHT THING! IF YOU BELIEVE IT'S THE WRONG THING, YOU VOTE NO! We are following a procedure— [Someone tries to interrupt him on the other side of the room, and Weiner wheels around, points, and shouts.] I WILL NOT yield to the gentleman, and the gentleman will observe regular order! THE GENTLEMAN WILL OBSERVE REGULAR ORDER! [crosstalk] The gentleman thinks that if he gets up and yells loud enough he's gonna intimidate people into believing he's right. HE IS WRONG! The gentleman is wrong! The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues RATHER THAN DOING THE RIGHT THING! [Pounds on podium.] It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes. It is a shame! A SHAME! If you believe this is a bad idea, to provide healthcare, THEN VOTE NO! But don't give me the COWARDLY VIEW that "Oh, if it was a different procedure—" [Someone tries to interrupt him again.] The gentleman will observe regular order and SIT! DOWN! I WILL NOT [YIELD]! The gentleman will sit! The gentleman is correct in sitting! [crosstalk] I will not stand here and listen to my colleagues say, "Oh, if only I had a different PROCEDURE that allows us to stall, stall, stall and then vote no!" Instead of standing up and defending your colleagues and voting no on this humane bill, you should urge them to vote YES—something the gentleman [pounds podium] HAS! NOT! DONE!