There is only a couple ways to derail this disastrous legislation: 1. Turn the Republican turncoats like Arlen Specter, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow or 2. Turn the Blue Dog Democrats.
Actually, I think there’s more hope for the second category. Why? Because they have more to lose. They are in more conservative states where this spending bill is wildly unpopular. They will pay a big price for this legislation anyway. They need to be reminded how much.
Specter will hopefully pay a price, namely by losing his seat, in 2010. Snowe and Collins are in a Blue State that feels good about saying they elect a Republican. They are safe because the alternatives are socialists.
Michelle Malkin lists the roll-call votes, but laments the lack of the updated bill. I’ll post when I get it.
Here’s the list of Friday’s Roll Call Votes. Of note: Sen. Vitter’s amendment to ban ACORN funding failed 45-51. More:
· Coburn #176 (no bid contracts) passed 97-0
· Coburn #309 (wasteful spending) passed 73-24
· Graham/Conrad #501 (foreclosure prevention) failed 39-57
· Grassley #297 (FMAP) failed 47-49
· Cantwell #274 (energy tax incentives) motion to waive budget act passed 80-16
· Vitter #107 (no $ for ACORN) failed 45-51
· Bunning #531 (capitol loss) failed 41-55
· Thune #538 (tax rebate) motion to waive the budget act failed 35-61
Great. Where we stand is that you need to call.