Among the architects of a lame-duck session to pass ultra-liberal bills is Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., according to published reports.
The idea is that if Democrats suffer big losses in November, they still have an opportunity to impose their will on the country when Congress meets after Nov. 2 — but before newly elected lawmakers take office. Even if Republicans take control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives —or both — liberal Democrats will remain in charge for the remainder of this year. That gives the leftists a few months to pass bills that would not stand a chance next year.
In effect, the plan is the height of arrogance because it shows a determination to pass legislation ultra-liberals know the country doesn't want.
Obviously, Americans cannot stop such action if Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decide to do it. Rockefeller should not be helping them. His constituents here in West Virginia have made it abundantly clear we do not favor the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda.
But an even more basic issue — doing the will of the people — is involved. If Democrats lose power in the November elections, the people will have spoken out against the current leftist agenda. Using a lame-duck session to approve controversial bills after voters have passed such judgment would be breaking faith in a very real way with Americans.
If anything, Rockefeller should represent West Virginians by fighting any such proposal.
To do otherwise would be wrong.