Sleeping With The Enemy

The Senate passed S.J. Resolution 5, authorizing the release of the remaining $350 billion in TARP funds.

If the mere fact of Republican Senators voting for to release those funds wasn’t bad enough, my good friend on Twitter, @beulahgg, pointed me to an article by Associated Press writer, Jim Kuhnhenn, discussing the vote. What caught my attention was this:

Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Jon Tester, D-Mont., did not vote in an arranged plan to neutralize the absences of Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Brown and Kennedy would have voted to release the money; Tester and Hatch would have voted to block it.

Way to go, Orrin. You know, initially I wasn’t going to include you and your cowardly “Present” vote in the Hall of Shame, but after reviewing the new evidence, I’ve reconsidered.

I know that conservatives value qualities such as “plays nicely with others” but I think this is taking it a little too far. Hatch’s vote, on it’s own, wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the vote, so why bother playing along? Does he think this will endear him to his constituents or was he just so flattered that the cool kids asked him to the party that he couldn’t refuse?

I’m sorry, but if the Democratic caucus can’t get their Senators together for an important vote…that’s their problem, not the Republicans’. If the situation were reversed, does anyone think for even one second that the Democrats would respond in kind? Because if anyone does, I have a super swell used car for sale.

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