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  •  Nice to see the nay's are exclusively Republican. (6+ / 0-)

    I'd have hated to see any D's on that list.  Even Lieberman and McCain voted for it.

    I wonder how many Republicans were allowed to vote against it to burnish their "wingnut" credentials, or do they do that anymore?  It failed by about five votes, so at least five Republicans who might otherwise have supported it had to be told not to pass it or else.  I mean, wouldn't at least five have some sort of compassion, with Bob Dole there and with some members of their own personal families suffering from disability?

    •  Compassion and empathy are Democratic (3+ / 0-)
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      values they want no part of. They lead to taxes and gay marriage and other evils.

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:15:52 PM PST

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    •  Or the converse (4+ / 0-)
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      Those who voted for it were allowed to vote AYE since it wasn't going to pass, thus keeping political credibility in blue states -- I'm looking square at Scott Brown who might want to make another run if Kerry jumps ship to an Administration position. Snowe as well might want to keep political options open to primary the Teabagger governor in ME since she's done in the Senate.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:42:14 PM PST

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      •  I was thinking of this as well, but couldn't come (0+ / 0-)

        up with the reasons you did for why they'd be released to vote "aye".  Then again, given Republicans, the first vote they'd need to win would be in the primary against a more conservative opponent, so this would be held against them for being moderate before they could ever claim this shows their moderate credentials as a good thing in the general election.

      •  Why would Barrasso [R-WY] vote for it? (0+ / 0-)

        He's the one I can't figure out. No pressure in favor of sanity for him.

        One clip repeatedly played shows one man--who appears to be a Senator in a wheelchair--going over to shake hands w/Dole before casting his vote. Also don't who that was. Do you know?

        Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

        by earicicle on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:00:27 AM PST

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        •  Barasso = orthopedic surgeon (1+ / 0-)
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          I too was surprised seeing Sen. Barasso voting aye but that might perhaps be because he's an orthopedic surgeon and he probably saw the negative effects of disablement first hand.

          But on the other hand Coburn and Paul are MD's as well, albeit the latter being an ophthalmologist, and that didn't stop them from voting nay.

          Obama-Biden in 2012: four more years!

          by Frederik on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:46:10 AM PST

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      •  Of course, you understand I believe this should (0+ / 0-)

        have been a 99-0 vote. And that Satan himself is pissed that he keeps having to dig lower & lower rungs in Hell for these creeps.

        Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

        by earicicle on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:02:51 AM PST

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