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Away From Home

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Who approves of lynching?

I'm assuming everyone's heard of the lynching apology that the Senate passed this week. If you haven't heard of this, please come out of your cave, and then click here.

The bill had 86 sponsors. While that may seem curious, it's simply a show of support by those 86, that they actually believe that the Senate was wrong for failing to ban lynchings for so long. What really is interesting is the list of senators who did not sponsor it:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

Notice how they all have something in common?


  • Did you also notice how BOTH of the senators from three states -- UT, MS, and WY -- are on this list?

    With representation like that, it's no wonder those states are not exactly havens for liberalism!

    By Blogger Jay Denari, at 6/14/2005 10:30:00 PM  

  • Ummm...the vote was unanimous. It's been passed; the Senate has apologized for the actions of southern Democrats. It's time to move on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/14/2005 10:34:00 PM  

  • It passed by voice vote with about 6 senators present. Therefore, the only way to tell how particular senators felt about the bill is to look at who sponsored it -- especially since it had so many sponsors to begin with.

    If the senator from your state voted in a way that you didn't like, would it matter to you at election time? Or would you just move on and pretend it didn't happen?

    My point: Senators are responsible for their votes and positions, whether or not they're recorded roll call votes.

    By Blogger Scott, at 6/14/2005 10:44:00 PM  

  • Amen, Scott. A most interesting list, indeed.

    By Blogger Mela, at 6/15/2005 09:50:00 AM  

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