Deceive and Deny, Rinse and Repeat

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (at the podium) is joined by House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, Rep. Michael Cloud), House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, and Rep. Adrian Smith for a news conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.)


Let me start by just putting down a marker I can point back to over the next year or two. Congress isn’t going to do very much this year or next. But that’s not a marker worth laying down. The thing I’d like people to keep in mind is that very often people will say—in sorrow or anger or joy—that Congress has done something when it in fact has not. 

Consider, for instance, the GOP majority’s recent vote to claw back funding for the IRS. Here’s how several Republican members described their vote:

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