Because I am cranky, I’d like to start the day with a little Feingold bashing.
First, remember when the health care bill was being voted on around Christmas, and everyone was aghast that the Republicans made 92 year old Robert Byrd be wheeled to the Senate floor to cast his vote, rather than harken back to the days of old and a member of the opposition party would have collegially voted for Byrd, and now they were wishing for his death:
It was difficult to escape the conclusion that Coburn was referring to the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) who has been in and out of hospitals and lay at home ailing. It would not be easy for Byrd to get out of bed in the wee hours with deep snow on the ground and ice on the roads — but without his vote, Democrats wouldn’t have the 60 they needed.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the number-two Democratic leader, went to the floor to complain about Coburn’s unholy prayer, which followed an unsuccessful request from Democrats for an earlier vote because of Byrd’s “significant health problems.” Said Durbin: “When it reaches a point where we’re praying, asking people to pray, that senators wouldn’t be able to answer the roll call, I think it has crossed the line.”
Byrd is dead now, and financial reform teeters on the brink, one vote short. Would be nice if Feingold could shelve his deep principles and vote for his friend and with his party.
Additionally, Feingold’s office number is (202) 224-5323. Please call his staff and ask them to map out the strategy for a better financial regulations bill in 2011 with 6 fewer Democratic Senators and up to 40 fewer Democratic members of the House. I’d love to hear if the strategery goes beyond “and a pony!”
Also, by “sticking to his principles,” Feingold is now letting Ben Nelson be queen for a day. If Feingold would vote with the caucus, Nelson would have no leverage whatsoever. Feingold already let Scott Brown be President for a couple weeks, now it is Ben’s turn.
Finally, remember when we all mocked Glenn Greenwald’s thesis about the bi-partisan rotating bad guy? Doesn’t seem so mockable anymore, does it?
This entire thread is null and void if Feingold changes his mind or if there are 60 votes.