Don't get me wrong, this kind of dirty pool is despicable, but you have to admit for a political move it was pretty masterful.
This is an absolute dick move. It is also brilliant politics.
There it is right out in the open, the modern day Republican ethos: "Winning politically is the only thing. As long as it isn't prosecutable, then what's the harm? That's what we call smart politics."
The only reason most of their non-collegial behavior isn't against the law is that until these times no politician thought elected officials would do these things that are so obviously and blatantly against the fairness and respect owed to the equal rights to citizenship of those who politically disagree with you. It would be one thing if the other side had been gaming the first, but that was not the case, and the Republicans achieved their pyrrhic victory simply by lying. And some call it masterful and brilliant....
Not only is lying acceptable in today's GOP, it's become a foundational principle. And we see the ones who espouse it daily as they try and convince us of their moderation while back-handedly admiring pure deviancy and disrespect for fellow elected officials and the constituencies they represent - as only their voters deserve to get what they want. Such as circumventing the normal legislative protocols and taking advantage of 9/11 to do it.
I'm tired of hearing about how not all people in the GOP are this, that, or the other. It shouldn't matter. Regardless of party and regardless of current laws, right is still right and wrong is still wrong. But for the GOP, if wrong isn't illegal, then it's not their problem.