Detention Bill passes Senate 65-34.
Netroots Graciously Permitted 72 hours of bitter resentment by Democratic Masters.
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Well, they passed S. 3930 in the Senate:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Thursday endorsed President Bush's plans to prosecute and interrogate terror suspects, all but sealing congressional approval for legislation that Republicans intend to use on the campaign trail to assert their toughness on terrorism.
The 65-34 vote means the bill could reach the president's desk by week's end. The House passed nearly identical legislation on Wednesday and was expected to approve the Senate bill Friday, sending it to the White House.
The bill would create military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects. It also would prohibit blatant abuses of detainees but grant the president flexibility to decide what interrogation techniques are legally permissible.
65-34. Hey, aren't there only 55 Republicans in the Senate?
So there are, so there are. We have an official list, now: Let's take a look at our Democratic allies, shall we?
Carper - DE
Johnson - SD
Landrieu - LA
Lautenberg - NJ
Lieberman - CT
Menendez - NJ
Pryor - AR
Rockefeller - WV
Salazar - CO
Stabenow - MI
Nelson - FL
Nelson - NE
(Chafee, of course, voted against the bill and Stowe didn't vote. Tsk, tsk, tsk.)
Bold are, of course, Senators up for re-election; Italics are Senators in what are called Red States. Lautenberg looks pretty lonely up there - of course, if I was a NJ Democratic Senator I'd be careful not to make Menendez's life any harder, either.
All in all, this pretty much gives you an idea of just how seriously the Democratic Party takes its activist base. Said base is just beginning to issue their usual screaming in response - I'm unsure why; this was hardly a surprise - which will probably continue tomorrow and throughout the weekend. Nice of them to accomodate the Netroots like this: this way they won't have to swallow their bile and tug their forelocks to their Party Leaders until Monday morning. Early Monday morning, mind you. Gotta get started bright and early if you want to defeat us evil, evil Republicans in elections, after all.
You know, I think that I'll go have a beer.