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Monday, June 13, 2005

I have a list. I have a list of 12 people... 

No, I don't, actually, have such a list. But, apparently there are 12 Senators who refused to sign on the anti-lynching law resolution (basically, an official apology for not passing such a law decades ago). Besides the fact that Bush's judicial appointments believe such a law would be unconstitutional, this is asinine, and John at Americablog is right--we should have that list, and we should be able to wave it around like Joe McCarthy*:
Over a dozen US Senators refuse to sign on to anti-lynching resolution
by John in DC - 6/13/2005 06:57:00 PM

I just heard this on ABC News. They're apparently holding the vote late tonight so they won't have to have a real roll-call vote (i.e., individual Senators won't have to vote up or down). The reason? So they can hide the 12 or so Senators who apparently think it's bad politics back home to sign onto a resolution that apologizes for not passing anti-lynching legislation sooner. Apparently, southern Senators fillibustered efforts to pass such legislation for years.

I don't care if they're Democrats or Republicans, I want to know who isn't supporting this legislation. We have a right to know, and to know why anybody in either party would permit the basically-secret vote to take place this evening in order to his who these bigots really are.
I'm sure the anonymous commenter in the post below would tell us these 12 are probably Democrats, but I'd be willing to bet all 12 are Republicans (and if not, they better get the fuck out of my party).


*of course, Joe's list was bullshit and his issue was fundamentally unamerican.

UPDATE: Kos:
Here are the 20 Senators who 1) refused to co-sponsor the anti-lynching resolution passed yesterday, and 2) refused a roll-call vote so they'd have to put their name on the resolution.
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
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)
19 Republicans and 1 Democrat, a real wall of shame
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