NOTE: This post will stay at the top for the rest of the day, and may be sporadically updated. For up-to-the-minutes, you can’t do better than Michelle Malkin’s rolling-updates post and Hot Air.
11:30 a.m. — DRUDGE Siren Is On — “Enough senators to stop the immigration bill have voted to block it. A roll call is continuing and the vote is not final …..”
11:35 a.m. — “Senate Blocks Immigration Bill…” “Down in Flames…”
11:40 a.m. The Hill — 46-53!!
11:45 a.m. — Gribbit: Voinovich voted NO!
(This inserted pause in the time progression is brought to you by the State of Ohio Blogger Alliance, including yours truly, for the purpose of claiming an unspecified teeny-tiny bit of credit for Mr. Voinovich’s apparent change of (?)heart.)
12:15 p.m. — Michelle Malkin has the roll call.
12:25 p.m. — Additional quick-look pleasant-surprise NO votes (IMO): Bayh, Bingaman, Bond, Burr, Cochran, Coleman, Ensign, Grassley, Harkin, Hatch, Landrieu, McConnell, Murkowski, Warner. (10:30 p.m. MISSED THE FIRST TIME: Sherrod Brown also voted NO!)
Scroll to the bottom for other post-vote updates.
In the 8-1/2 years he has been a senator, how many times has George Voinovich said on the eve of an important vote that he is interested in hearing from his constituents?
If you’re thinking that Monday might have been the very first time, you’re not alone.
So what gives?
My take: The Senator was looking for what he got — an earful. Given that, as noted here yesterday, he planned to vote as he did on Tuesday on immigration-bill cloture, and said so several days earlier in an address to party insiders, I believe he intended to capitalize on what he surely knew would be overwhelming caller urgings to vote “no” to portray his planned “yes” vote as a demonstration of political courage showing that he “won’t be intimidated,” in the infamous words he used yesterday with Hannity. Don’t forget that in doing so, he was from all appearances perfectly willing to waste the time, energy, and talents of thousands of busy people who had been led to believe that their input meant something.
Today, the Senator can prove me wrong in my take and vote the right way (NO!) on cloture. I would be quite pleased to be proven wrong. It’s up to you, George.
UPDATE: The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s blog has a brief snippet on yesterday’s Voinovich-Hannity dustup. The rest of Ohio’s slumbering media appears not to have any other coverage. FrontPage has a long story on “Senator Embarrassment,” including his going wobbly on Iran and the Iraq War, and his out-of-touch take on the economy and tax cuts.
UPDATE 2: At 10:30 a.m., a Google Blogs search on “Voinovich Hannity” (not in quotes) during the past 48 hours had over 60 results.
UPDATE 3: Happy to be wrong, George. Can’t wait to hear the logic.
UPDATE 4, 2PM: Dean Barnett –
In this class of fence-sitters, I would be remiss in my duties as a blogger if I didnâ€™t carve out a special place for George Voinovich. Yesterday, Senator Voinovich was humiliating himself on the air with Sean Hannity, accusing Hannity of being irrational for opposing the bill. Today, Voinovich voted against cloture. What political courage!
Fine, Dean. But a booby prize goes to your boss Hugh Hewitt for thinking this pile of rubbish was salvageable (column here, blog posts here and here). And from this, it looks like you, Dean, were okay with fixing it at one point. Sometimes I think you guys want to be known as the go-along, get-along Bob Michels of the center-right. Bad idea.
UPDATE 5, 2:15 P.M.: Good point by Kaus, the YouTube Humiliator –
Fifteen Dems (plus Sanders) vote against cloture, making it unclear if Sen. Reid has achieved what seemed to be his unadvertised dream: A failed bill he could blame on the Republicans. …
For cryin’ out loud, Harry, polls showed a large majority (mid-high 50s, with support only in mid-30s) of Dems opposed the bill.