President Bush has said he will veto the stupid legislation that would give Washington a vote in the House of Representatives. Naturally, The Washington Post, DCist, and Wonkette are having a tizzy. I'm delighted. I've been against this legislative atrocity since it came to my attention in May. Here's the link to prove it. I make a pretty solid case there for not supporting the legislation while still supporting DC voting rights. Good for me.
No matter what the Post editorial board thinks, this legislation is unconstitutional. I'm not even referring to Congress granting the District the vote. That might be unconstitutional. I certainly think it is. But some great legal minds disagree so I won't go around pretending that my opinion is a slam dunk. I mean, who the Hell am I to question them? But there is no way that giving Utah an at-large representative is constitutional. Giving the Utah citizenry two representatives each makes them super-citizens. They have double the say than the rest of the country. Granted it's just two says out of what would be 437, but this is principle dammit.
Our 535 Congressmen and our president both took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Democrats who vote for this legislation aren't living up to that oath. I'll admit that President Bush's sudden interest in the integrity of the Constitution is a disgusting irony that I want to choke on, but there it is. Bravo, Mr. President. Even if you're vetoing this legislation out of political concerns (which is almost certainly the case), this veto is welcome and necessary.
Now let's pretend we've never agreed on anything and move on.