That was the tag-line from the Wash Post editorial page today, which upon the announcement of a “compromise” on transportation immediately endorsed it as being the “bipartisan” negotiation of “five Democrats and five Republicans”.
Here’s the reality: the conference committee on the Governor’s transportation bill had EIGHT Republicans and TWO Democrats. Not five and five.
The merits of the compromise are still unclear. (It’s 11:30 a.m. and I still can’t find a copy of the conference report itself). There’s talk about a sales tax increase and commercial property fee in northern Virginia, but I’ve seen no details.
Regardless of what transpires, let’s stop pretending this was an effort in which Republicans and Democrats were equally represented. They weren’t. If they had been, I guaranty the “abuser fee for hybrids” would never have been included.