Just to complete the circle, here's Smilin' Norm's spokes-bot on whether Coleman will vote to filibuster the immigration bill:
When asked for the senator's criteria on whether he'll vote for cloture, a spokesman for Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn), explains, "His amendment will be a factor, the Graham amendment will be a factor as well as others on border security and workplace enforcement mechanisms. The question will be, “have we strengthened the bill enough?” If we can’t do that, he’s going to vote to kill this.”
The factor that's missing? Smilin' Norm's commitment to seeing that legislation gets the up-or-down vote it deserves.
As Ba Ha Ha noted in comments to a previous post, there's nothing wrong with Smilin' Norm threatening to filibuster a bill he doesn't like. He's trying to shape the bill to better suit his needs. He ought to do that. What's wrong is that when Republicans controlled the Senate, Smilin' Norm was opposed to the filibuster on principle, because legislation deserved an up-or-down vote.
Speaking of hypocrisy...
Dear Mr. Coleman,
My friend Norman.
Years ago, in a lifetime far away, you did not oppose the legalization of marijuana. Years ago, in our dorm rooms at Hofstra University, you, me, Billy, your future brother-in-law, Ivan, Jonathan, Peter, Janet, Nancy and a wealth of other students smoked dope.
Sure, we had to tape the doors shut, burn incense and open the windows, but we got high, and yet we grew up okay, without the help of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's advice...
Damn. Even Norm's doobie brothers are turning on him. All because he blazed up then, but believes it'll turn you crazy now.
because he blazed up then, but believes it'll turn you crazy now.
maybe he's living proof?
By 2:56 PM, at
When we were young we raced cars down the street, had absolutely no concern for our safety and drank alcohol to dangerous levels all at the same time. Just because we wer stupid then, doesn't mean we can't ever grow up and realize the reason for the laws. What you're proposing is people who make mistakes are frozen in time and can never change.<< Home