Don't be fooled by this nonsensical claim that Republicans won the debt ceiling battle. Spin it all you want, but when it came right down to it, only six of 51 Demcrat senators voted against it--so much for them thinking they got a bad deal. The proof is in the pudding and in this case, the pudding is the voting.
Of the 26 senators who voted against the scheme, 19 were Republicans. Socialist Bernie Sanders from Vermont joined six Democrats (Gillibrand of New York, Harkin of Iowa, Lautenberg and Menendez of New Jersey, Merkley of Ohio, and Nelson of Nebraska) to get the number up toe 26.
Thus while Democrats were 90 percent in favor of the scheme, it was only 28-19 for Republicans. In case, you're having trouble locating the 19, I found them on the Senate site.
"Among the senators who voted against the debt ceiling bill, 19 are Republicans, six are Democrats, and one is an Independent:
Ayotte (R-NH), Chambliss (R-GA), Coats (R-IN), Coburn (R-OK), DeMint (R-SC), Gillibrand (D-NY), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Harkin (D-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Heller (R-NV), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (R-WI), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Lee (R-UT), Menendez (D-NJ), Merkley (D-OR), Moran (R-KS), Nelson (D-NE), Paul (R-KY), Rubio (R-FL), Sanders (I-VT), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Toomey (R-PA), Vitter (R-LA)."
Congraulations to Kelly Ayotte who didn't make up her mind until the very end. I was convinced she'd vote yes, so it goes to show--there are some still some surprises in life.
Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are certainly no surprises. We need 49 more like them. I suspect Orrin Hatch might have voted yes were it not for a Tea Party challenge next year in Utah, just like Senator Lee ousted Bennett there last year. I was also pleasantly surprised by South Carolina's Lindsey Graham who managed to accomplish a medical miracle; he somehow disconnected himself from that unfortunate attachment at the hip to John McCain and Joe Lieberman. Could that have something to do with him being up for re-election in a tea party-dominated state next year? Call me cynical. I trust Jim DeMint, but I wouldn't trust little Lindsey as far as McCain could throw him.
New Senators Johnson of Wisconsin and Toomey of Pennsylvania were also good to see on the no list. As I've said often this year, elections have consequences, but apparently not for Frank Guinta (what a lame article in defense of the indensible in today's Union Leader) and Charlie Bass!