"I think, all 100 senators ought to be on the line on this. What do you believe? What are you willing to support? What do you think? Why were you elected? If you wanted a safe job, go sell shoes.“As promised by his party leaders and predicted this morning by the New Nebraska Network, Sen. Chuck Hagel today voted AGAINST the cloture that would have allowed floor debate on the Warner-Levin Resolution. A bipartisan expression of the Senate and the American public's "disappoval" of President Bush's plan to escalate the war in Iraq with anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 additional troops and personnel, Republican efforts to forestall this black eye to Bush's failed stay-the-course policy have succeeded....temporarily.
Both Hagel and Sen. Warner (VA), who introduced the resolution, voted with their party not to move it to floor debate. Republicans needed 40 votes to filibuster and - with Hagel and Warner's voters - they had 46. The actual roll call lists 47 votes because Democratic majority leader Harry Reid changed votes for procedural reasons. And, in a pinch, the Republicans' efforts to censor the American people could probably claim 48 supporters - including Senators John McCain (AZ) and Mel Martinez (FL), who abstained from the vote.
Still, it's worth noting that the Republican leadership was not able to deliver on its guarantees of 100% party unity, with Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Norm Coleman (MN) both voting for cloture. No surprise, both are up for re-election in 2008. Their votes put Hagel's hypocrisy in full view, and it's my hope that the Democratic leadership will continue bringing this cloture vote to the floor, forcing the likes of Hagel and Warner to go on record as the puppets that they are each and every time.
Eventually, this debate is going to happen. Eventually, Hagel, Warner, and all those Republican Senators who hope to be re-elected in 2008 will have to break and allow the American people to be heard on the Senate floor.
They have no choice. The truth will have its day. And, when it does, there are going to be lots of Republicans seeking new lines of work. Forget running for President. With this vote, Hagel's spoken loud and clear as to his chosen profession.
Finally, a job he's cut out for, where a man who's full of BS might finally be appreciated.
***This post's title is written with compliments to an anonymous comment below and to the UNO College Democrats, who beat me to the punch.