Tuesday, June 14, 2005



Yesterday the senate did something that very aplaudable. They past a resolution appologizing for the body's failure to enact a law to make lynching illeagle. The bill had 80 co-sponsors and it passed the senate on a voice vote last night. This does raise one interesting question however. Why didn't this bill have 100 senate co sponsors. I would think that we can all now agree that lynching is bad, and the senate should have acted back in 1948 when the issue first became prominant. Americablog has a list of the senators that did not support the bill. It is 1 democrat and 11 republicans (maybe Howard Dean was on to something with the whole white man's party comment). Voting against something like this is inexcusable for any person of either party; it is just plain wrong. Here is the list of senators that opposed it.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

Kent Conrad (D, ND) is on the list of co sponsors after all. This leaves only 27% of the senate republicans as the hold outs on this issue.

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