Dear Senate: Say Yes, Then Say No

Dear Senators Baucus, Hagan, Nelson, Pryor and Tester,

I get it. Even though you are Democrats, you don’t support the DREAM act. You don’t like the idea of giving “amnesty” to “illegals”, no matter how innocent or deserving. You really don’t like the idea of your opponents in your next campaigns running ads to that effect. I disagree with your position, as does a small majority of Americans. You’re a Senator, so you get to vote against bills you disagree with even a majority of people in the country are in favor. That’s how the system is supposed to work.

But you didn’t vote against the bill. You voted against voting on the bill. And that’s just pathetic. I know it’s not your fault alone – the whole Senate, or at least the whole Republican party, has suddenly decided that 60 is the new 50. But seriously, is it so hard to vote yes to having a fraggin’ vote, and then vote against the bill? Call it a vote for Democracy, and then a vote against the DREAM act. Is that too much to ask?

Yours,
Dan

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1 Comment

  1. Max

     /  December 18, 2010

    Curiously, on the vote to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (also held today), the opposite appears to have happened: at least two senators who voted against cloture voted for the underlying bill (I think).