By a vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee has passed a “closed” rule on debate over the Obamacare repeal measure. No points of order, no amendments (besides the one offered by Rules and “deemed” as passed with passage of the rule itself).
Is this hypocritical? It is. There’s no way around that. The Republicans have promised a move away from closed rules and toward open ones. But you also have to think about the status quo ante. Nancy Pelosi’s 111th had zero — zero — open rules. The Republicans are looking to keep repeal from getting messy and — let’s be honest — they’re looking to get it out of the way so they can move on to other things. So I get the closed rule. But that doesn’t make it any more attractive.