29 Jan 2011

The Four Cowards that Voted Against Banning Secret Holds in the Senate

I’m not at all surprised that these four did this… they’re all examples of some of the most extreme politicians in positions of power, and DeMint and Ensign are some of the most corrupt politicians in Washington (I’m not very familiar with Lee, and Paul is new) but they deserve particular scorn for this.

I’d heap a portion of the same scorn for those who didn’t vote at all, but I’m not sure what their excuses are.

The four U.S. Senators voted to keep secret holds… where a single Senator can not only stop a bill, but it can be done without anyone knowing who it is. This cowardly tactic has been overused so much recently that this issue has become one of those rare things that everyone from left wingers to right wingers, and everyone in between, agrees has no worthwhile purpose.

Jim DeMint – South Carolina

Rand Paul – Kentucky

Mike Lee – Utah

John Ensign – Nevada

There is a chance I may be moving to one of these four states. If that ends up happening, you can be sure I’ll be helping the campaign of their opponents should they be at all moderate.

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3 thoughts on “The Four Cowards that Voted Against Banning Secret Holds in the Senate”

  1. I am surprised that Sen. Ensign voted like this. He is up to his eyeballs in sleaze and corruption issues, e.g., having an affair with a staffer and then paying her husband off to keep quiet (http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/20/Ensign-Husband-demanded-affair-payoff/UPI-64511245501004/). This Ensign guy is pure sleaze.
     
    In his case, one would have thought that discretion would be the better part of valor. Oh well, one would have been wrong. The arrogance of power can sometimes be breath taking.

  2. So Rand Paul, the love child of the Tea Party Patriots and the Hero of Libertarianism (Ron Paul), voted to keep this easily abused over-step of governance in place?  Wow.
    I’m not sure coward is the right word, since only 4 senators voted against the rule change.  The other words you used in your post are certainly apt – corrupt (DeMint & Ensign; too early to tell on Paul & Lee, but this is not encouraging) and extreme (all of the 4, IMO).
    Perhaps “coward” could be applied to the 4 Senators voting “present,” depending on their reasons.  The four are Kay Hutchison of Texas (R), Dianne Feinstein of California (D), John McCain of Arizona (R), and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii (D).  I’d like to see these four interviewed re: the reasoning behind their “present” votes.

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