Democrats have been demanding that House Republicans put up a “clean” funding bill for a vote. What the heck does that even mean? Okay, we know what they say it means. “Clean” means it includes everything the Democrats want it to include.
During a conference call today with House Republican Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, another blogger asked why the Republicans are even using that term. He suggested that “unconditional” be substituted for “clean” because that is exactly what the Democrats are asking for. She responded that “clean” is “a term used in the hallways of Congress,” but she promised to suggest that they adopt the term “unconditional.” I hope she means it and that she’s successful.
Republicans have to stop accepting the language of the left. By using the term “clean” it’s almost like they’re saying that the dozen or so funding bills they have voted on in the past week are somehow unclean. You know that’s what they Democrats are hoping the people will think. But there’s nothing clean at all about the Democrats’ refusal to negotiate, or the Obama administration’s punitive actions during this partial shutdown.
-Oh, and if any other bloggers were on the call and know who asked the question, please let me know and I’ll update the post. I was taking notes and writing as fast as I could and didn’t catch his name.