This morning I asked a well-connected House source why several Republican lawmakers decided to accompany Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her trip to the global warming summit in Copenhagen. After all, most of the GOP lawmakers believe the whole exercise is misguided, right? "Congressional delegations are almost always (if not always) bipartisan, even if the parties violently disagree," I was told. "Our guys went to make sure voices other than just the Speaker's were heard."
Sensenbrenner's office says he will "closely follow" several issues at the Copenhagen conference, including "the developing world's demands for wealth transfers, the levels of commitment from developing countries [and] the feasibility of greenhouse gas reduction targets." With him are Republican Reps. Joe Barton, Fred Upton, Shelley Moore Capito, John Sullivan, and Marsha Blackburn. Fourteen Democrats are on the trip, including the Speaker.
The Republican Party platform since 1988: "Reliably less reprehensible than the Democrats." That just doesn't cut it anymore.