Controversy Confuses as Vote on D.C. Representation Nears (Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton)

We're optimistic, even though they are bringing what we understand is almost unprecedented pressure on people to filibuster even considering the bill, because this is not yet the vote on the bill itself.

We're not sure what people are afraid of. Both sides of the aisle get a vote, and people who haven't had it for 200 years but are paying taxes this year and are on the ground in Iraq will get a vote.

All of this would seem to give people lots of reasons to vote on the bill. There's no partisan divide. It's pretty hard to understand why, in the 21st century, a bill to give people a vote in the legislature that compels their obedience would be controversial.