A Cloture Vote Post

At 10:50, EST, the cloture vote is scheduled to start. I am going to be watching it live on C-Span 2 and reporting with news as soon as it becomes available. Refresh to see updates of this post.

11:00: Harry Reid is still blathering on, over time, and we’re still waiting to vote.

11:03: Here we go.

11:04: They’re not showing each vote as it goes through, so it doesn’t look like we’ll know the count until it’s over.

11:07: This is nerve wracking.

11:11: They called out some of the no votes. I noticed Gordon Smith was one of them, which is a good sign. He was way down the list in possible switches.

11:12: It’s hard to tell how we’re doing with the way they’re almost randomly calling out votes, but so far, so good.

11:14: Judd Gregg voted “yes”. He didn’t switch. Bingaman voted “no” though. That’s a nice pick-up.

11:16: Webb went our way.

11:17: Burr voted no.

11:18: Nelson just went no. I think we got it.

11:19: I think we’re over 40.

11:20: Cochran, Brownback, and Coleman all no.

11:23: Sherrod Brown and Mitch McConnell. No. We’re going to win easy and now the squishes on this subject are breaking our way.

11:25: Holy moly — Voinovich just flipped and voted no. This is him, yesterday, on Sean Hannity’s show,

“I’ve had people at my back calling because of programs like yours saying, ‘If you vote for this bill, then it’s the end of your political career.’ And I just want you to know, and I want everyone else to know: You. Do. Not. Intimidate. George Voinovich. This is my 40th year in this business.

11:27: We win! 46 yea, 53 nay!

11:30: Folks, I think there’s a Vince Lombardi quote that seems particularly appropriate given all the hard work we’ve done to try to kill this bill.

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.”

Congrats. We won, they lost, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.

12:07: Here’s the full roll call on the amnesty bill.

12:09: Here’s some advice, folks — and this is from someone who fought this bill as hard as anyone on the net.

Be magnanimous in victory.

Remember the people who fought for us all along — like Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, David Vitter, Jeff Sessions and some of the other people who played a smaller, but still significant role, like Elizabeth Dole and John Cornyn.

Don’t forget that the House Republicans stepped up when it counted and sent a message to the Senate by opposing amnesty.

Keep in mind that John Ensign, the head of the RNSC, voted for cloture when it counted — and he let people know his decision before the vote started. So, he didn’t just go with the flow once he saw the bill was going to lose, like Sam Brownback and some of the others. Tossing a few bucks the NRSC’s way as a thank-you wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

Last but not least, take a day and drink in the victory. It took way too long and it was way too hard, but the American people won out in the end. Take a little time to be happy about that.

PS: Here’s a piece of free advice for George Bush and the Republican senators who ended up on the wrong end of this bill: You need to get right with your base and with the American people — and you need to do it in a hurry.

PS #2: The Payback Project is, as I promised, going to be mothballed since we won.

PS #3: Some people are complaining that I am, as promised, tabling the Payback Project. Well, ya know, that’s just what I said I’d do. Think carrot and stick.

That being said, last election cycle, I supported viable challengers to RINOs and to people who went the wrong way on the illegal immigration issue and I’m going to do it again in 2008.

If I can help beat Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Hagel, and Larry Craig — among others — in the primaries, I’m going to do it.

What I’m not going to do though is build out a website, start a googlebombing campaign, and, for example, invite Democratic candidates to release opposition research on those candidates through me and some of my allies on the right side of the blogosphere (which was something I had planned for the payback project).

I honestly think we’ll be able to take some of these guys down, but time will tell.

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