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June 14, 2005

Oh, that white christianist party

Kos names names:

Here are the 20 Senators who 1) refused to co-sponsor the anti-lynching resolution passed yesterday, and 2) refused a roll-call vote so they'd have to put their name on the resolution.
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

19 Republicans and 1 Democrat, a real wall of shame.

I love the way the Reuters report describes the action on the Senate floor: the resolution passed without opposition, but some signatures were "missing."

Does anyone have a list of the Senators who voted to refuse the roll-call vote? It would be interesting to know who else might have been covering for bigoted colleagues.


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I can't for the life of me figure out why any Senator wouldn't just go ahead and sign onto this. I grew up in a part of Tennessee conservative enough to qualify as Alexander's base, and I can't imagine he'd lose many/any votes over being part of this. I certainly doubt Gregg or Sununu would. The behavior just seems bizarre.

What's up with Conrad? I thought the only significant racism that existed in North Dakota was directed at native Americans.

What in the world? I knew racism still exists, but ... there are public officials who don't want to sign on to a resolution *against the murder of African Americans by hanging*?

Am I missing something? This is near inconceivable, so it seems to me I must be.

From the US Constitution, Article 1, section 5, clause 3:

"..the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal."

So it only takes 20 senators to force the vote "on the record".

In fact, probably a deal was cut to not have the vote recorded, otherwise Frist & Co wouldn't even let the motion come to the floor.

But even so, now it's time to bug the non-signatory senators to get them "on the record" as to how they voted and why.

When this first hit the news, I thought, "OK, it's good that they're doing this. But why now? It seems like they must be just splashing this all over our TV sets so that we don't end up paying attention to something more egregious that's going on right now." (Yes, lynching is egregious, ok? But I hope you get my point.)

So the fact that there could possibly be more to this story--and something so truly disturbing, to boot--is mind-boggling.

I think Mary Landrieu sponsored the resolution. So, I don't think it's a Republican ploy to distract us from anything. It's a symbolic gesture, of course, but I think the intent was primarily to embarrass the Republicans, rather than to distract the electorate from some even larger Republican scandal.

Of course Mary Landrieu sucks up to the Republicans whenever it really matters, so you can never be too paranoid... Heh.

But even so, now it's time to bug the non-signatory senators to get them "on the record" as to how they voted and why.

I'll try and contact my senator, Saxby Chambliss, and see what he has to say.

I think Conrad just co-signed this afternoon.

Kay Bailey shouldn't get a pass on this she didn't Co-Sponser the bill I called to check. Nasty little bastard in her office wanted to know why I was disappointed that my senator supported lynching.

notice my senators past and present (yeah, I'm having a run of 'red state' jobs) are on there. Gee, what a surprise! I see by one of the comments that my other lunk-head didn't either (missed that one!) again, I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

I can't say I'm surprised by a single name on that list... There's got to be a way to get little shock-producing lie detectors hooked up to those bastards... And I'm thinking 24-7.

"Senator, are you refusing to attach your signature because either you or some of your big money contributors think that in certain circumstances, "they" had it coming?...and may again some day?"

"Oh no. Of course nn....OWWWWWWWW. What the f????????"

Yes. Conrad signed on. It's now a full on cavalcade of Republican racists.

Its just more of the Repub's unspoken rules...

"never admit you made a mistake, especially when it kills people needlessly."

As Eli pointed out in the beginning of the thread... there was absolutely no down side to it. It was a purely symbolic gesture.

Oh they're all going to jump on board since it's getting TV play. They can't just play to thir base.

Can anybody show me a state where Lynching is legal, or is this just another waste of time by Democrats who want to make a statement with useless laws?

I kinda was under the impression, that people were prosecuted for lynching now. Maybe I'm just uninformed.

Can anyone show me someone who got off for killing someone by saying in court, "It was a lynching, not a murder."

For many, many decades states egregiously underenforced applicable laws against lynchings, Alex, and now they don't. That's why they're apologizing for not passing the law then, not passing a new law now.

I'm a bit surprised by Voinovich. Yeah, he's a "moral values" anti-choice Catholic Republican, but I've never known him to balk on racial matters.

"Can anybody show me a state where Lynching is legal, or is this just another waste of time by Democrats who want to make a statement with useless laws?"

While I think it is a waste of time too, the sponsors were a Democrat and a Republican... Senator Allen a real right wingnut.

It looks like a race to see who can out pander who.

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