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We’ve grown so accustomed to bone-headed behavior by Republican leadership that when they do something normal it’s newsworthy.  Speaker Boehner broke a pledge to fellow Republicans by allowing a vote on legislation not backed by a majority of Republicans.  The details of the deal to avert the fiscal cliff are less significant than the courage shown by the Speaker, who will face a re-election vote within days of choosing country over party.

The prior position of the Speaker nullified democracy and made bi-partisan majorities a near impossibility – only legislation supported by a majority of one party would be considered.  It was brilliant procedure and brilliant intra-party politics – but it was a disaster for building national consensus and practical political compromise.  Let’s hope Beohner’s change of tactics is a harbinger of things to come.

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