Daily Archives: December 23, 2010

Is Lisa Murkowski moving away from the Far Right?

This was in TPMDC this morning. Worth thinking about.
clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
 

Murkowski On Voting With Dems: No Biggie!

One of the lame duck‘s biggest surprises was how reliably Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted with Democrats. Her “yes” votes on DREAM and DADT repeal arguably put her to the left of Democrats Jon Tester and Joe Manchin — during the lame duck, at least. 

As she darted out of the Senate chamber Wednesday afternoon TPM asked her if those votes would’ve been harder to cast if she’d never been primaried and was still a member of GOP leadership.

“Nah,” she said, as the elevator doors closed.

So I guess that answers that.

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The Nativity Scene – Received from my sister…

My dogs, Nestle and Byron, are thrilled that dogs are included in the Christmas Story.

The Embarrassed Republicans and the 9/11 First Responders… an American Drama

When the Senate passed the 9/11 First Responders Bill yesterday it was over 6 Billion Dollars lower than it was originally proposed… primarily because the funding now ends in 2016 instead of 2031… due to Senator Tom Coburn.

Senator Tom Coburn

Coburn vowed to block the 9/11 First Responders  bill, saying he wanted it to be funded through spending cuts. He also claimed the bill had been fast-tracked and skipped committee (but, in fact, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on the bill in June — Coburn, a committee member, missed it.)

 

And then two major things happened that shined the light on Republicans in an embarrassing way: Jon Stewart used a whole evening of The Daily Show not to joke, but to interview New York police, fire and other officials who suffered from the physical affronts that effect first responders; and then a large number of those responders swarmed into Coburn’s office:

As John Feal, head of the First Responders, said:

“Mr. Coburn should be ashamed of himself, because I think before he was a senator he was a doctor and he took an oath to help people that are sick. He’s going against his oath as a doctor. He can vote any way he wants as a senator, but as a doctor, he just embarrassed the medical profession.”

Apparently all the Republicans were so embarrassed that the revised bill got 100% support. Mitch McConnell even made a public appearance to say that they were all for the bill before they were against it (well he had to say something).

This became one of Obama‘s big wins yesterday and Mitch McConnell must have suffered through the press conference the President held in the afternoon which certainly pointed a finger at the Republican opposition.