I, for one, am tired of politi­cians putting pol­i­tics ahead of the good of the coun­try. Con­gress had an oppor­tu­nity to extend unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, and yet cyn­i­cally chose not to do it.

This time, how­ever, I’m not talk­ing about Repub­li­cans. I’m talk­ing about Democ­rats, who chose to use this as an oppor­tu­nity to set the nar­ra­tive, rather than doing what they osten­si­bly believe in.

While grand­stand­ing at the podium in favor of the leg­is­la­tion, House Demo­c­ra­tic lead­ers pushed the leg­is­la­tion through the fast track. Why? Because it requires two-​​thirds approval, and they knew they didn’t have the votes to get 275 yeas.

I don’t care what party is doing this. It’s cyn­i­cal, and it’s wrong. It’s lying to the Amer­i­can pub­lic, because this sleight of hand cre­ated the head­line nar­ra­tive that Repub­li­cans blocked the exten­sion of unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits. Tech­ni­cally, it’s true, but it’s as mis­lead­ing as claim­ing Nancy Pelosi was hid­ing the PPACA leg­is­la­tion from the public.

Repub­li­cans and Democ­rats usu­ally are play­ing dif­fer­ent games on the field. Yes­ter­day, the House Democ­rats played the Repub­li­can game. Is this what you want?