An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 17 November 2009
The Senate just voted 70 – 29 for cloture, meaning the nomination of David Hamilton to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will receive an up-or-down vote. The vote for cloture was a victory for the Obama administration and Senate Democrats who sought to push the nomination forward, and a loss for Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who tried to block cloture and keep a vote from coming to the Senate floor.
The official roll call hasn’t been posted yet, but according to People for the American Way, which has been following the Hamilton nomination closely and pushing for a vote, the following ten Republican Senators voted with all Democrats to support cloture: Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), John Cornyn (Texas), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Richard Lugar (Ind.), John Thune (S.D.), Judd Gregg (N.H.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
I’m not real sure what to think of this. I know there are a great many people in Tennessee who are REAL unhappy with Alexander. I seriously doubt this will make him more popular with the folks. Hamilton has no business being a judge, period, much less on a Court of Appeals.
When I see people like Thune and Cornyn voting with the likes of Snowe and Collins, I question their motives.
If their lips are moving…..
The Fake Jobs of Obama’s Failed Stimulus
Forget everything bad you’ve ever heard about President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus. Combing through the data on the $18 million Recovery.gov website you’ll find tons of Obama stimulus success stories from across the country. In Minnesota’s 57th Congressional District, 35 jobs have been saved or created using $404,340 in stimulus funds. In New Mexico’s 22nd Congressional District, 25 jobs have been saved or created using $61,000 in stimulus cash. And in Arizona’s fighting 15th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending.