Obama, at a debate against Hillary Clinton, January 31, 2008:
“That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.”
C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb, to Congress December 30:
Please open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings,” to televised coverage on his network.
Congress to US:
“Meh. I don’t think so.”
Update: Pelosi to C-Span:
“There has never been a more open process.”
Well, except for the fact that we don’t know who’s promising what to whom or what’s actually in the bill. Except for *that*, it’s an open process.