Twenty-seven Republican senators voted with Democrats on Oct. 16 to lift the debt ceiling and avert a catastrophic default. And each one of those 27 senators voted Tuesday to "disapprove" of their own votes.
The vote Tuesday was a symbolic "resolution to disapprove" of the debt limit hike. It was mandated by the deal thanks to a last-minute provision inserted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The motion failed 45-54 because all Democrats opposed it.Blink, blink, blink. Oh, they raised the debt ceiling, but they felt just terrible about not crashing the economy the next morning, did they? I suppose we should be glad about the Senate "no takesies-backsies" rule, yes?
Oh, I kid, I kid. This is the kind of posturing cowards have to do when they can't even talk to the loonies in their constituency anymore. I understand. Some of them might even have to face primary challenges from people who would so crash the economy to get their way (see if they wouldn't!). A recent NYT editorial suggested that the GOP could use a few "grown-ups" . They name senators Hatch and Portman as being among the coalition of the grown--but we can see them both on that list of 27, fiddling about with a fig leaf instead of just admitting that raising the debt ceiling was the sensible thing to do.
One would despair of them if schadenfreude wasn't so durn delicious.