January 22, 2018

Taking Notice, and Taking Names

Remember when UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said we'd be taking names at the UN?

That list-making was to make sure we didn't miss any of the countries that voted against us by voting for a resolution condemning the United States for moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; people who voted against the resolution, and for us, were invited to a party!

Tonight, I'm taking names, but the first list is for the opposite reason from Ambassador Haley. This is the good kind of name-taking, the kind we don't get to do all that often, especially when it comes to talking about stuff that happens in Washington DC.

Lamar Alexander (R-TX)
Susan Collins (R- ME)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Bob Corker  (R-TN)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Johnny Isakson (R- GA)
Doug Jones (D-AL)
Tim Kaine (D- VA)
Angus King (I-ME)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Gary Peters (D-MI)
Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Mark Warner (D-VA)

This is the bipartisan group of senators who managed to convince their leadership, and some 50 something of their closest honorable friends to vote to end the #stupidshutdown, reopen the government and stop playing chicken with the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of  government employees and members of the military. 

And here are the senators who voted against reopening the government. 

Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Edward Markey (D-MA)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

I don't pretend to know why these folks voted against reopening the government; maybe they're still mad at Mitch McConnell, or at Donald Trump. For all I know, they're made as hell at Hillary Clinton for not winning.  And, to be honest, I also don't know what's in the heart of hearts of the people who worked so hard to get the compromise that this second group of folks had the pleasure of voting against. 

I just know which list I'd use if I were throwing a party for the people whose names I took.