Most folks know the classic definition of hypocrisy:
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
Boehner, of course, now that it’s public, is backing away. This is from Michael Steel, one of Boehner’s PR guys:
The speaker’s objective is to spare the entire country from the ravages of the president’s health care law. He is approached daily by American citizens, including members of Congress and staff, who want to be freed from its mandates. If the speaker has the opportunity to save anyone from Obamacare, he will.
I read this thusly: “I’ll work hard to exempt myself and my staff from Obamacare’s mandates, and if someone gives me the opportunity to exempt others as well, I’ll consider that too. After all, that would be the fair and honorable thing to do.”
On the other hand, I like what Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader said: “Let’s exempt the entire country from Obamacare!”
I’d like to expand the definition of hypocrisy as noted above, to add #3:
3. Congress voting for mandates for its constituents that are so unfair and costly that it then votes itself an exemption from them.