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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Smilin' Norm Coleman: No Filibuster!

Posted by: Hammer / 7:42 AM

Fresh off voting to filibuster the Employee Free Choice Act, Smilin' Norm has now flip-flopped on his filibuster of immigration reform:

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman voted today to end debate on a stalled bill to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants.

Coleman switched his vote in exchange for a promise the Senate would consider his amendment to allow local law enforcement to question people about their immigration status and share information about unlawful immigrants with federal authorities.

I guess the whole "up or down" vote principle is out the window. Once again, Smilin' Norm's only principle is self-preservation.

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Sounds more like a compromise to me.

By Anonymous Ba Ha Ha, at 7:48 AM  

I agree. Smilin' Norm is always ready to compromise his principles.

Here's the thing -- you can't say that you're opposed to a filibuster based on a principle so dear to you that you have to break a campaign promise, then turn around and start voting to filibuster to achieve legislation that better suits your interests. It's entirely appropriate to use all the procedural tools at your disposal to get the best legislation possible for Minnesota. Except, that is, the tools you've previously said should not be used.

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:16 AM  

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