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June 26, 2007

Kabuki? Hope Springs Eternal At Kaus

A vote for cloture is a vote for amnesty -- and some may seek the political cover of voting against the bill on its merits while pushing it through with a Yes vote on cloture.

On the other hand, it's possible that some are seeking to pose as pro-amnesty by allowing the bill to be resurrected while planning on voting against the real cloture later this week. That's what one Kaus emailer hopes, at least:

I think the first cloture vote is now itself possibly becoming a sort of kabuki for some senators, like Burr and Bond, as they will vote to proceed today to impress the leadership and the Grand Bargainers, in hopes of keeping their relationships decent with them for future favors. These guys can afford, they calculate, to vote for cloture today, knowing they can still filibuster it on the second cloture vote. (I think the message has been gotten by most that a traditional kabuki move of voting for cloture and against the bill won't work anymore.)

So this raises an absolutely critical question: what will happen between a vote to proceed today and the next cloture vote? The outrage and pressure, mainly from the right, will have to triple. If people like Burr, Bond, McConnell, etc. vote to proceed today and then don't get absolutely swamped with constituent outrage, their reaction will be "that wasn't so bad, I can do it again."

The pressure and calls and emails have to be ratcheted up at least triple. And people we've forgotten about as they've been so low-profile -- Ensign and Coleman especially, plus the buffoon Gregg who avoided all attention until the past few days, as well as folks like Burr, Bond, Hatch, Cochran whose intentions aren't clear -- need to be blitzed.

And this douchebag Brownback.

It's not over yet. It's almost over. But not quite over yet.

Here are those numbers again.

Okay, Senator Burr -- so you voted "Yea" on something you claim wasn't the "real vote." Now the "real vote" is coming -- final cloture. Are you going to claim that that, too, isn't "real"?

A vote for cloture is a vote for amnesty.

Get Ensign: Drew writes:

Ensign is a big one. He's head of the of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and is charged with raising a lot of money to get Republicans elected to the Senate.

We need to make it clear that amnesty = no money and no support.


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