i’m confused

can you explain the following (via HuffPo):

Jenkins, a freshman Republican representing the 2nd District of eastern Kansas, is part of a GOP-dominated congressional delegation that has largely decided against what’s become known as the public option in federal health care reform. The delegation — split 5-1 in favor of the GOP — went into its summer recess opposed to the idea, and nothing in the town hall meetings Republicans have held appears to have changed that.

what delegation is this writer referring to? why is dominated by the GOP? the article doesn’t clarify, and i’m confused, because it sounds like the health care debate in congress is being led by the GOP, despite the fact that they’re not in power.

  1. fauxpopuli said:

    First the callousness of the Rep. in that link is unbelievable. Best (ie: worst) show of open disdain from a member of congress since http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L3FnWNkIzU

    Now. No, no I can’t. I have no clue wtf they’re talking about. Generally a delegate is someone who’s a member of a party or the government but doesn’t have a vote, or in the case of party operatives, doesn’t have one outside of the apparatus of the party itself, ie: delegates to the party convention, the delegate from Puerto Rico, etc. I believe they’ll also refer to congress taking a trip abroad as a group in this sense, ie: a congressional delegation to Israel.

    I have nfi what they’re on about here. It sounds like they’re referring to all of congress as the delegation but there’s no way the math adds up to 5:1 against the public option when there are 60-ish members of the House progressive caucus who say they won’t vote for a bill that doesn’t include it. I might be missing something but i think this is just piss-poor writing.

  2. fauxpopuli said:

    Actually I guess they could be referring to the portion of Congressmembers who’ve voiced open opposition to the P.O. as the “delegation” and saying that those members are 5:1 GOP, but I don’t see how that would be particularly noteworthy, and if that is what they’re getting at it’s a horrible way to say it.

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