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June 15, 2005

Wouldn't want to offend any lynch mobs

Posted by Phil on June 15, 2005 10:28 AM

"Here are the Senators who 1) refused to co-sponsor the anti-lynching resolution passed yesterday, and 2) refused a roll-call vote [that would have required them] to put their name on the resolution."

List updated* 6/21:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)

UPDATE I: "Senator Landrieu, who sponsored the resolution, has a list of the cosponsors AND 'supporters' up on her site. Interestingly, and confusingly, she lists other Senators who 'support' the legislation, but still refuse to cosponsor. That's a bit odd, and strikes me as some CYA that Landrieu is doing for the pro-lynching crowd. These Senators currently have the choice to add their names retroactively to the list of cosponsors and they're not doing it. And I'd like to know why. Because it's creepy as hell, particularly since they're all Republicans. Walks like someone pandering to racists, quacks like someone pandering to racists...."

UPDATE II: Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley come off the list. AMERICAblog has phone numbers, if you'd like to "call the holdouts and ask why they're opposed to a strong statement against lynching."

MORE: "The resolution was adopted under what is called 'unanimous consent,' whereby it is adopted as long as no senator expresses opposition. But the group...behind the resolution asked [Senate Majority Leader Bill] Frist [R-TN] for a formal procedure that would have required all 100 senators to vote...and asked that the debate take place during 'business hours' during the week, instead of Monday evening, when most senators were traveling back to the capital. Frist declined both requests." (Emphasis pk's.)

*UPDATE III: Hutchison and Smith come off. And is anybody else getting sick of seeing Robert Byrd's Klan past--40-50 years past--continually used to smear Democrats while this list of Republicans is stinking up the joint?