by John Hawkins | June 27, 2007 6:57 am
Via Polipundit, Numbers USA is saying that the 2nd cloture vote is far from a lock for the open border ‘n’ amnesty crowd,
“Sen. Bond (R-Mo.) was a big disappointment today in voting YES. But on Hannity tonight he called the bill a “june bug.” The longer people look at it and see it out there, the more they will hate it. He says that was the method to his madness today.
Hannity accepted his explanation but said he still wished he would have killed the bill today, once and for all.
Bond said the bill has a lot of problems but he voted for “debate” because he “loves” debating legislation and he hopes it improves with his amendment. He said Thursday’s cloture vote and the budget Point of Order are the key votes, not today’s cloture vote. He said the more “sunshine” shown on this bill, the better off. That’s why he voted to allow the bill to proceed.
We are hearing some of this same kind of talk out of a number of Senate offices today. They talk of respecting the institution of the Senate and not standing in the way of debate. Also, they talk of respecting their colleagues who are begging them to at least allow the debate to occur.
Actually, I also have a lot of respect for that point of view. But our argument was that the Senate and the public has been disrespected by the whole way this bill has been handled and the bill was not deserving of debate.
Nonetheless, you can see that there is room for you to move many of these Senators.
Each of you has gotten Action Alerts and Action Notes on your corkboard that are designed for your Senators’ specific situation.
I am not giving you the list of the most movable tonight because we need to guard some relationships and because I want each of you to concentrate on your own Senators who voted NO today. I think all but maybe a dozen could still be moved — some of them for the wrong reasons but that is OK. Our goal right now is to kill this amnesty.”
Numbers USA is as hooked in as anybody on the right in the Senate and if they say a dozen senators can be moved, they’re probably on target.
Now, I know it was bitterly disappointing to see the open borders ‘n’ amnesty crowd pull in 64 votes yesterday, but it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings and if we keep hammering away at these senators, we may be able to drive that vote count down below 60 before that next cloture vote.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how many goodies the President, Mitch McConnell, and Trent Lott offer these senators if their approval rating is down in the thirties and conservative talk radio and the blogosphere is kicking them in the butt until our legs get tired.
The fact is, the lemmings are moving towards the cliff and the next vote is going to be their last chance to save themselves before they end up as part of a bloody pile at the bottom of the political cliff.
So, that’s why you need to contact your senators. Even if you contacted them already, contact them again. They work for you and you have a right to tell them to respect your wishes.
That’s especially true if you’re represented by one of these Republican senators who voted for open borders ‘n’ amnesty yesterday,
We have two days, including tomorrow, to show 5 of these senators the error of their ways. So, contact your senators today and either thank them for voting against amnesty ‘n’ open borders or let them know how insulted and upset you are that they voted for cloture (full voting list here),
Here’s how you can get in touch with them,
#1) Pick up the phone and call your senators. You can get the numbers and/or email addresses of your home state senators here.
#2) Call the National Republican Senatorial Committee at (202) 675-6000 and let them know that you will not support the reelection of any senator in 2008 who votes for the amnesty bill in the Senate.
#3) Call the Republican National Committee at (202) 863-8500 (option 1) and let them know you will not support any candidate in 2008 who votes for the amnesty bill in the Senate
Again, if you don’t want to call them, email them or fax them.
PS: If we can’t stop the bill in the Senate, then we can always get “payback” afterwards, but I’d prefer winning in the first place to starting a vendetta after a loss.
PS #2: I called both my senators this morning, right around 7 AM. I was calling Elizabeth Dole to thank her for voting against amnesty and Richard Burr, I wanted to rip into for voting for cloture. Both mailboxes were full. That’s a pretty good sign that the pressure on these senators isn’t easing up one bit — which is exactly how it should be.
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