The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, March 11, 2005
Scorecard voting in the Senate?
The cloture vote on S 256 was the equivalent of the baby's head seeing daylight in a human vaginal birth: the rest just slips out, accompanied by a whole lot of gunk.
Thus, the vote on passage, RC 44, is a dead rubber, only of interest on collateral matters.
Such as, can the number (18) of Dem senators voting for passage  be explained by a desire to skew their pressure group ratings to the right without actually giving anything of substance away?
Now, as I understand it, the scorecards on which such ratings are based select a handful or two of votes in a year - and, for the bankruptcy bill, the key vote (the causa sine qua non of Senate passage) was that on cloture. But groups might select RC 44 by mistake, or because they are looking to paint Dems as more conservative than they really are .
Alternatively, the intent might be more nebulous - senators saying to potential donors, lobbyists and (indirectly) voters
Plus, recent pronouncements by Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean on the abortion issue and the steamrollering of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania (March 5) lead one to speculate about a general and planned droitisation amongst Dems in Congress and the party leadership - and this may be part of the same - gradual, subtle, even, but marked - movement edging the party toward the centre .
I've been looking - but have yet to find - a senator-by-senator analysis of why the Foreclosure Fourteen voted for cloture, and I'm reluctant to get into extended speculation (or research!) on the subject.
But, from the RC 44 crowd - why Reid? Is that to say, I was never trying to stop the bill, so it's not a defeat to be credited to my column? Or perhaps it's merely, If there's a big enough flow, I'll go with it?
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