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Immigration Aftermath

June 28, 2007 09:05 PM

So I guess I need to write about it, since I've said so much thus far.  I was in a CLE earlier today, so I missed all the excitement as it was happening.  And now it already seems like old news.

But anyway... Yes, I'm thrilled with the results, but I am still very annoyed with the President for putting all of us through this crap.  It was great to see conservatives rise up and drive a stake through the heart of this thing, but why should we have had to?  The effort it required was just ridiculous, and it was draining.  I do not understand why the President thought this was so important to propose, much less pursue so aggressively.  All that energy could have been directed to something productive.  So W's still on my shit list.

Also on my list?  George Voinovich of course.  Yes, in the end, he voted the right way.  But what's with all the coyness?  Why wasn't he willing to say what his position was?  And then he indignantly declared on Sean Hannity's show that he would not be intimidated by all the, you know, citizens who were calling his office.  Well, at the end of the day, he was intimidated.  The whole thing just unbelievable, and I hope it will not soon be forgotten.

And why the hell were bloggers the only people who were willing to ask Senator Voinovich what his position was?  He clearly doesn't pay the blogosphere much heed, and while that's foolish, it's his prerogative.  But he wouldn't have ignored a call from a "real" reporter.  So why didn't they call?  Even if they got an evasive answer, that would have been worth reporting too.  So Ohio's mainstream media are also on my shit list.

Last on the list?  Senator Brownback.  I heard him speak when he was in town a few months ago, and I thought he did a terrific job.  Well if you haven't heard, he voted yes right at the very beginning, during the alphabetical vote, because he thought cloture was going to pass. Then, when it was clear it would not pass, he switched his vote to a "no."  He clearly thought he was acting in a way that would help his Presidential chances, but his political instincts were exactly the opposite of politically astute.  Strange.  Very strange.  And disappointing.  It's not like he won't be punished for it, though.  His presidential ambitions are over.

But the good news of the day is that now we can all move on.  But not forget.