The Senate Votes for Iraq Funding Are In…….

The Senate Votes for Iraq Funding Are In……. And we’re ALL losers……….

Here’s the breakdown of the voting:

YEAs —80
Akaka (D-HI) Alexander (R-TN) Allard (R-CO) Baucus (D-MT) Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT) Biden (D-DE) Bingaman (D-NM) Bond (R-MO) Brown (D-OH)
Bunning (R-KY) Byrd (D-WV) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA) Chambliss (R-GA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Craig (R-ID) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC) Domenici (R-NM) Dorgan (D-ND) Durbin (D-IL) Ensign (R-NV)
Feinstein (D-CA) Graham (R-SC) Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH) Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA) Hutchison (R-TX) Inhofe (R-OK) Inouye (D-HI) Isakson (R-GA)
Klobuchar (D-MN) Kohl (D-WI) Kyl (R-AZ) Landrieu (D-LA) Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Levin (D-MI) Lieberman (ID-CT) Lincoln (D-AR) Lott (R-MS) Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL) McCain (R-AZ) McCaskill (D-MO) McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ) Mikulski (D-MD) Murkowski (R-AK) Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL) Nelson (D-NE) Pryor (D-AR) Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS) Rockefeller (D-WV) Salazar (D-CO) Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL) Smith (R-OR) Snowe (R-ME) Specter (R-PA) Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK) Sununu (R-NH) Tester (D-MT) Thune (R-SD) Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH) Warner (R-VA) Webb (D-VA)

NAYs —14
Boxer (D-CA)
Burr (R-NC)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Dodd (D-CT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Obama (D-IL)
Sanders (I-VT)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Not Voting – 6
Brownback (R-KS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Hatch (R-UT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Thomas (R-WY)

A couple of observations:

1) Hillary and Obama both opposed the measure, I wonder if it were just a political move on their part or actually sincere.

2) I am really pissed off to have phonebanked, canvassed, and gave my money for some of these freshmen Democratic Senators (esp. Sherrod Brown from Ohio) and see them vote this way. I really don’t have any respect for anyone who voted for this, but for God’s sake, these people have FIVE AND A HALF YEARS before they need reelected! What the hell was THEIR reasoning for their vote??!!??

Here’s to the best of my knowledge a list of people we all busted our ass for in ’06 that apparently don’t “get it”:
Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Klobuchar (D-MN), McCaskill (D-MO), Stabenow (D-MI), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA).

3) Maybe I am just goofy, but I’m half tempted to send $10 to the reelection campaigns of the three REPUBLICAN senators who voted against this bill…….just to show I’m an issues guy and not just a straight ticket voter/activist.

4) Can we just write in a Kerry/Fiengold ticket in 2008? Please???

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10 Responses to The Senate Votes for Iraq Funding Are In…….

  1. DAS San Diego says:

    I wish there was an easy way to email or write each of those Dems that voted for this supplemental. I want to say thanks for potentially ruining all of the momentum we gained from the 2006 election.

    I have been listening to liberal radio and observing some sites and people are more than HOT! They feel absolutely BETRAYED! People are tired of giving money and time to support candidates who say they will follow up on their campaign promises! I am concerned that this vote may be a turning point for so many Democratic (or potential Democratic) voters. I have heard many say they don’t want to be associated with any party. This may not just be talk out of frustration…this may be a real setback for our party.

    What makes the matter worse is the absolute silence of these wishy washy Dems who voted in favor of this. IF YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU DID WAS RIGHT AT LEAST HAVE THE DECENCY TO EXPLAIN (OUT LOUD, ON TV, ON THE RADIO, ON THE ROOFTOPS) WHY YOU DID IT? You know we did not want it, you know the American people did not want it…so at least respect us enough to explain yourself.

    One more thing…I don’t buy that it’s before Memorial Day and we don’t want to look like we aren’t supporting the troops OR the that the polls show people don’t largely support cutting funds though they do want us out. IF YOU ARE A LEADER AND YOU SEE THAT AMERICA WANTS US OUT AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS ADMINSTRATION HAS BEEN WASTING THE MONEY AND NOT SUPPORTING THE TROOPS ANYWAY…WHAT MAKES YOU THINK MORE MONEY WILL HELP.

    Put it on the Commander…if he is that ruthless to put our troops at risk so that he can blame an entire political party (instead of returning them safely with the money he has) then he should be seen as the poor leader he is. By sending him the same bill we would have shown even more clearly his true colors and he would be left continuing to blame everyone and the kitchen sink for this failed policy.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Because these folks believed that they couldn’t do any better than this, THEY couldn’t.

    Even publicly freezing the Bill for one vote before caving would have sent more of a message. All of the important business this term is getting done behind closed doors, with no perceived need to explain or justify. I’ve been an avid observer of these things for forty years and I’m simply unable to get my mind around this Term yet.

  3. Jav

    Thanks for posting the vote tally! Got you message – can’t find your #. Try me tomorrow!

  4. Buzz says:

    I feel absolutely betrayed by the Democratic senators who voted yes. I do think that Senator Obama’s vote was sincere. He is the only presidential contender who has been against this war from the very start! His position has never wavered. On the other hand, Hillary is a pure political opportunist. She has a severe case of narcism. Senator Obama has both integrity and charisma. For any who doubt by appraisal, make it a priority to read his book, “The Audacity Of Hope”.

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  7. Ginny Cotts says:

    Ken Salazar (D-CO) is still out of touch with the party here. I suppose he has to consider all the GOP faithful he also represents?

    Ohio Dems gave up the Lawyer/soldier (whose name is not coming to mind) for Brown to sit on his hands?

    OK, they are waiting for September. So are we.

    And how many soldiers will meet a bullet or bomb before that vote?

  8. pen says:

    clinton and obama both just voted no for politics. If obama was against the war all along then why did he vote against Kerry/Feingold in June 06 which would have started for troop re-deployment?

    He may have been against it in 03 but he was all for it in 06 along with Clinton. Both Clinton and Obama waited till it was clear the bill was going to pass to vote no just reeks of hypocrisy.

    I knew when McCaskill jumped on the bash Kerry wagon in Oct. 06 after he had raised over $200,000.00 for her that she was going to be no help to the party and she hasn’t been.

    I’m more pissed about the immigration bill Kennedy and Bush are trying to ram pass the American worker than I am the Iraq vote. Why?
    Because after 5 years did dems really think the party would get it?
    The dems don’t have enough votes in the senate to pass veto proof legislation.
    And at the so called moderate dems are a huge disappointment period.

    The dems need to make up their mind, stand up to bush or move on. This is Bushes war and they better make sure it stays bushes war or a rethug will get the whitehouse in 08.

    Another reason why Kerry was wrong to not to run in 08 for pres. The president is the commander in chief. The president runs the war and decides when the troops come home. not a senator. With the current group of dems in the senate the troops will never get out of the hell they have been sent to.

    I don’t believe any dem running right now will bring the troops home in 08 no more than the GOP.

    If they are so scared to vote against cutting off funds and standing up to chenney and bush now how the heck can you trust them to go against the GOP and their media cohorts in 08 when they start with cut and run slogans again?

    Edwards and Richardson don’t count as they are full of hot air any how.

    In the end the dems have to be sure that bush gets the blame and is held accountable for this war.

    The dem voters need to make sure you send real dems to congress not a bunch of GOP lite. IF you vote moderates in and they vote with the enemy on all the important votes then what’s the use in them being there in the first place?

    Be wise with your donations in 08. For most of us money is too hard to come by to spend it on politicians who can’t cut the mustard when it really matters.

  9. I am SO disgusted and dissapointed with the Democratice party! I’ve bee a Democrat my whole life and the Congress let us down. We voted and put the in office to STOP the Iraq War…our message was clear and they disregarded their constituents.
    A THIRD PARTY sounds good to me now!

  10. Susan

    Unfortunately the way of Congress is that everything takes time. It’s too bad, because we all want to see an end to this war based on lies, but like Vietnam, it will take a while for Congress to set the heels in motion. If we had a larger mojority in the Senate it would have helped a great deal.