3/10/2005

Et tu, Brute?

Senators who voted to let the rotten bankruptcy bill come to floor, where it passed:

Biden (D-DE), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Salazar (D-CO), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea

Landrieu and Lieberman have become virtually useless as Democrats.

And Paul Waldman of Gadflyer weighs in:
How many times did Kerry say, "I have a plan" during the campaign? Here's a news flash: voters don't give a rat's ass about your plan. Did anybody say to themselves, "I have a few problems with subsection B of chapter 3 of Kerry's health care plan, so I'm voting for Bush"? No, they voted for Bush because they thought Kerry didn't stand for anything. And you don't convince people you stand for something by devising a plan that has zero chance of even being voted on. You convince people you stand for something by, oh I don't know, standing for something. Here's something: "We refuse to let President Bush and the Republicans destroy Social Security. We will fight this 'till the last dog dies."
Ooo, but we don't want to be "obstructionist"! The Times editorial page might scold us! Do you think Republicans care about that kind of thing? Of course not - that's why they keep winning.
And while we're at it, any Democrat who votes for that abomination of a bankruptcy bill - I'm looking at you, Biden - has no right to call himself a Democrat, I don't care how many credit card companies have greased your pocket. You don't get many opportunities to take such a clear stand - on one side, the American public, and on the other, a small group of rapacious corporations. Which side are you on? If Democrats don't stand against things like this, they really don't stand for anything.

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