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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Pepto-Bismol for the Soul 

Since Sunday morning we have been Greco-Roman wrestling with the grand panjandrum of all hangovers, and we have studiously avoided all discussion of spineless, accommodationist Democrats for fear that our gorge, like the South, might rise again. We were therefore pleased to discover that our genial colleague (and honorary BARBARian) Bob Geiger had posted a New Year's salute to the handful of Democratic Senators whose voting records we are able to contemplate without puking:
While it's easy to get discouraged watching these guys crossing the aisle to go against things most of us support very strongly – not to mention Joe Lieberman's (D-CT) disgraceful performance in literally and figuratively playing kissy-face with George W. Bush for much of the year – it's important that we also salute our Democratic lions in the Senate.Think all Democratic Senators are made of the same stuff? Think again. Then, take a look at the Senators who had absolutely zero weasel-worthy votes in 2005:
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
  • Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
  • John Kerry (D-MA)
  • Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
  • Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)
No politician can please everyone, but when you look at the sheer number of important votes that these seven Senators had to be involved with, it is commendable and somewhat astounding that they voted like real Democrats on every, single one of them . . . .

Others deserving positive attention are Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Barack Obama (D-IL) whose voting records were blemished only by their votes in favor of the GOP Energy Policy Act of 2005 – but it's important to note that this bill passed 85-12 and only seven of their Democratic colleagues voted against it. Senators Clinton and Schumer, both of New York, also had only one vote in which they sided with the Republicans, in the form of the Tax Relief Act of 2005, which 12 other Democrats also voted to approve. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) voted to confirm John Roberts as Chief Justice of Supreme Court but, other than that, acted like a real Democrat on 49 of 50 critical votes.
Readers with cast-iron stomachs may view Mr. Geiger's list of the Biggest Democratic Weasels of 2005 by clicking here.

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