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The Mind Of A Senator In Action

13 February 2014 @ 19:26

Step by step they were led to things which dispose to vice, the lounge, the bath, the elegant banquet. All this in their ignorance they called civilization, when it was but a part of their servitude.

—Gaius Cornelius Tacitus

The actions of a dozen Senators on Wednesday reveal who they believe they really represent, with one in particular providing us with a telling insight…

From The Hill, Erik Wasson reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Smitty]:

The Senate sent a bill hiking the debt ceiling to President Obama’s desk on Wednesday, but only after a dramatic fight that forced GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to cast a surprise vote advancing the legislation.

McConnell and top lieutenant Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) reluctantly backed ending debate after it became clear that no one in their conference wanted to cast the deciding 60th vote.

Sixty votes were needed to overcome a filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who complained that Congress was raising the debt ceiling without demanding any curbs on Washington’s spending.

With the upper chamber’s Democrats and Independents all voting yes, Senate Republicans needed to muster five votes to overcome Cruz.

Yet during an hour of tense floor conversations, it appeared they might fail.

The vote started late, as Senate Republicans huddled behind closed doors. After meeting for roughly an hour in private, the conference still did not know whether it could conjure up the needed votes.

On the floor, the procedural vote ran on for another hour, with Republicans slow to offer support.

Cornyn and McConnell, who is the most vulnerable Senate Republican up for reelection in 2014, then voted to end the debate, making it clear the procedural motion would be approved.

After their dramatic votes, another group of Republicans met in a room off the Senate floor. They returned, and several switched their votes from no to yes.

Some members said they switched their votes to give cover to McConnell and Cornyn.

“I didn’t want this to come down to just be a criticized vote for just a few of our people. It just wasn’t right,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who fought off a primary challenger in 2012 and is serving his last term.

In the end, 12 Republicans voted to end debate in the 67-31 vote.

The Republicans who voted in favor of ending debate were McConnell, Cornyn, Hatch, McCain, Corker and Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John Barasso (Wyo.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John Thune (S.D.). Thune and Barasso are also members of leadership [Bob: Big frigging surprise].

So, there you have laid before you, in all it’s dishonor and infamy, The Mind Of A Senator.

Now, the only question is: Is it the mind of a U.S. one or an Imperial Roman one?…What’s that you say, ‘they’re one and the same’?…BINGO!

Do take the time to click here and read Smitty’s comments, which are spot-on.  A highlight:

Why is this November’s election not a sure thing for the GOP? Because it’s entirely unclear that, given majority power again, the GOP would be any less wretched than Reid, Pelosi and crew.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but it’s pretty clear to me that majority power entrusted again to the GOP would have now would be even more wretched than the Democratic crew because Quislings are more pathetic than Treasonous Traitors.

Politicians are not born; they are excreted.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

They rob, kill and plunder all under the deceiving name of Roman Rule. They make a desert and call it peace.

—Gaius Cornelius Tacitus

6 Comments
  1. M. Thompson permalink
    13 February 2014 @ 21:08 21:08

    Politicians are like diapers, and should be changed frequently for the same reasons.

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