The VoteIf the previous post made me seem a little pissed off, it should have. I've spent weeks agonizing over whether or nor I support overthrowing Hussein forcibly. It enrages me that someone actually in a position to do something about it wouldn't give it the same thought. I'm sure most of the people who voted did so more out of political calculation and/or blind party loyalty than conscience, but that doesn't mean I can't hate the fuckers for it.
Senate approves war with Iraq 77-23 (21 Dem, 1 Rep, 1Ind voted No):
Senate Roll Call Vote
Arlen Specter(R-PA) voted against closing debate, but then voted for the resolution.
Everyone in a tough reelection fight voted for the resolution other than Paul Wellstone (D-MN). As I stated a while back, I think scheduling the vote before the election was aimed straight at Wellstone. He takes less damage with a No vote, since a Yes would have alienated his base and made him look like a craven opportunist. As it is, he takes a hit from independent rural voters, but it will be partially offset by the unexpected endorsement of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It also strengthens his argument that he will act with integrity, and that his vote can't be bought for either money or political expediency.
I wasn't surprised that Lincoln Chafee voted No (go ahead and switch parties, Linc, they hate you over there), but I am a little that Jim Jeffords did too.
Other than Russ Feingold, who may run as the Holier Than Thou candidate, everyone even rumored to be running for the Presidency in 2004 voted Yes. This may have been a genuine expression of belief on the part of hawks like Lieberman, but it was naked calculation on the part of Biden, Kerry, Clinton, Dodd, and Fenstein (note to Biden, Dodd and Feinstein: stop dreaming, it ain't gonna happen; note to Clinton: look at the spread of how Gore did in NY and how you did in NY, that's how badly you'd lose nationwide, don't do it to the Party).
Bob Graham (D-FL) was the only Southerner to vote No (W-Va is a border state), that took some fucking guts.
I was also surprised to see Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) vote No, that took some guts too. Other than Byrd (who will be reelected forever), Conrad was the only Red Stater to vote No.
Torricelli voted Yes, but I have no idea why (he's always gonna be playing an angle, even when there are none left to play).
Dick Lugar and Chuck Hagel caved. I wonder how long it took.