NOTE: This post will stay at the top for the rest of Sunday.
I had the opportunity to be on Dirk Thompson’s WTVN show “The Radio Deli” yesterday afternoon. The appearance idea came at me so fast that I didn’t get a chance to promote it (partly because my aggressive e-mail filter snagged Dirk’s first message to me — zheesh).
The topics were Thursday’s about-face immigration cloture votes of George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, and their weak explanations (Voinovich; Brown) for their switches from Tuesday’s and earlier votes.
I’ll link to a podcast when it’s up.
During the show, Dirk brought up a must-be-known point about Voinovich’s vote that he posted at his now-blogrolled blog on Thursday (also true of Brown, to be noted below; original coverage is at Hot Air, whose post really should be read in full):
Forty members voted during the alphabetical roll. Note that fully six of them switched â€” and only five switches total were needed to kill the bill. The other fencesitters must have noticed, sensed the momentum, and recalibrated their own votes accordingly.
….. (after) the 40th no vote, which doomed the bill ….. Everyone ….. knew it was dead (assuming theyâ€™d been keeping count), which makes the late switchers like Coleman, McConnell, and especially Voinovich switchers of convenience, not conviction. Why vote yes on a bill that you know is going to lose?
Very, very weak, but apparently in-character move by George, who was final “no” vote number 53.
Oh ….. and Sherrod Brown was no better (see Hot Air, again), and in a very real sense worse. As “no” vote number 50, he also didn’t get his vote on the record until the bill was already down in flames. Again — convenience, not conviction.
Principled liberals (assuming the term is valid) should be every bit as outraged, if not more, at Brown’s abandonment of his long-time immigration-related positions as conservatives are at Voinovich’s transparent join-the-crowd vote. So, as I asked yesterday, while Voinovich’s feet have been held to the fire, where’s the outrage on the Left over Brown?
What a marvelous pair of opportunistic and apparently core-belief-free senators Ohioans have elected.