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I didn’t realize there was such a strong pro-lynching lobby in New Hampshire.

Texas and Mississippi might be able to make such a claim, but Iowa? New Hampshire? North Dakota? Ohio? Alaska? I suspect that you'd have to do a pretty thorough sweep of the gun and revival shows to find more than a few dozen bigots who wouldn't vote for you just because you voted for a resolution saying "lynching is bad, really, and we're really sorry, in a legally nonbinding way, that the United States turned an approving eye to it up until a few years ago." Is it that these distinguished senators don't want to scare away the anti-gay vote by implying, in any way, shape, or form, that it's wrong to brutally murder people who have the temerity to be different in any way?

Here's a little list of the senators that didn't want to support the recent anti-lynching resolution in the Senate:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Kay Hutchison (R-TX)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

I can't help but notice that, with the notable exception of the dishonorable Stupid Party senator from North Dakota, that each any every one of these is a member of the Evil Party. Never too proud to reach in the gutter for those votes, eh?

(list via Americablog)


hey Dave, I've gone to different news sites and some say 18 and some say 16 and all republican. I'm not sure who voted against it and I remember that Conrad was the only red-state dem senator to vote against the Iraq war resolution in October 2002, not that this is scientific proof that he voted for the anti-lynching resolution of course. Frist of course was the one who decided they only neededa voice vote.

Hugo Zoom Thu Jun 16 22:10:16 2005

There's been a trickle of people signing on after the resolution was "unanimously" passed, and it's down to 14-15 Evil Party senators now. But it doesn't seem like it would have been too much of a strain for the Democratic senator from North Dakota, of all places, to sign on as a cosponsor of this apology before it was passed. So, as much as I'm rooting for a black and white Evil Party Evil!/Stupid Party Good! result, I think it's appropriate to give out the dishonor that everyone deserves.

David Parsons Thu Jun 16 22:56:02 2005

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