OOP! That wasn’t supposed to happen. But score a victory for transparency. A hot mic left on during a Senate vote Tuesday morning on the Food Safety Act caught a senator complaining about what we had all assumed, that process of setting the agenda during the lame-duck session is “rigged.”

“It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged,” said Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. “The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.”

The remark was accidentally picked up live on C-SPAN 2, because microphones are supposed to be  turned off between debates. An aide quickly realized the mistake, jumped up and had the sound cut off.

Bennet is not walking back from his statements, the Daily Caller reports his  Chief of Staff Guy Cecil standing by the senator’s comments.

“It’s something he’s been talking about from day one,” Cecil told The Daily Caller in an interview outside the Senate chamber. “The whole process being rigged against having a real conversation about tax cuts, the estate tax and the defense authorization. We’re not having a lot of those conversations. It’s just a symptom of Washington being broken.”

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As Ed Morrissey explains the Senator is a bit “off ” there is nothing wrong with the City, but there is something wrong with the progressives who run the Senate:

Well, that’s not Washington being broken.  That’s a symptom of Democratic leadership.  Harry Reid runs the majority caucus, and if he’s “rigging” the agenda, then the blame should fall on Reid and everyone who put him in the leadership position, not the geographical location of the capital.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/30/c-span-hot-mic-picks-up-discussion-on-senate-floor-its-all-rigged/#ixzz16nVWd1nE