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Someone Tell Me

Associated Press

The 53-38 vote to move the resolution to full debate fell seven short of the 60 required.

Will someone please explain to me how the minority party is capable of blocking the Gonzales no-confidence vote from going to full debate when the majority party was incapable of stopping the Republican escalation bill will no benchmarks. How is it the Republicans are capable of getting 60 votes for their Iraq War escalation bill, but the Dems are powerless to get enough votes for a simple symbolic declaration.

Maybe its not the senate rules, the Republicans, or even King George. Maybe, just maybe the problem is the dumb dems.


4 responses to “Someone Tell Me

  1. Ben Masel ⋅

    Bush bought the votes for the supplemental by offering to sign a package with spending for key Dem States and Districts. Kohl’s was bought with renewal of SeniorCare, Landrieu’s with Katrina relief, Harkin’s, Nelson’s, and the Dakota votes with farm drought relief.

  2. Ben

    Not that it would have made a difference, but three Dems who would have voted for cloture (and two Republicans who would have voted against it) were out running for president instead of voting.

    But maybe the problem is that there aren’t enough Democrats in the Senate yet to have an effective governing majority on foreign policy / civil liberty issues?

  3. Ben

    I know Ben M. is talking about the funding bill, and not the no-confidence vote, but the only “Democrat” who defected on the latter was Joe Lieberman.

    Of the seven Republicans who voted for cloture, five of them are up for re-election.

  4. Are you saying Joe voted against the recent war escalation bill. I have a hard time believing that, but if he did good for him. Its too bad others did not follow suit.
    If you’re talking about Gonzales, so what that’s not the point. The point is if the Repubs can take advantage of the 60 vote rule, why not the Dems.
    The Dems are as bad as Bush in my view, they just can’t take responsibility. Its all blame Bush, blame the Republicans. The recent escalation bill approved by Democrats made the war theirs.

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