Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails in Senate 42-58

Predicted Republican defections, though I believe we forgot about RINO wimp Mark Kirk.

Oh, and Mr. Pro-Life Democrat himself Bob Casey Jr. voted as I thought he would, as did the Nelson twins.  Quelle surprise.

14 Responses to Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails in Senate 42-58

  • I little surprised by Nelson. Very surprised by Manchin. I take that to mean that political pressure within the party is stronger than political pressure from voters.

  • How does Casey remotely justify this?

    There was a time when I took him at his word, but it seems that he’s just another Dem who claims the pro-life mantle to garner the blue-collar traditionally-Democrat pro-life vote and then promptly acts just like the rest of his party.

    I hope his dad is praying hard for him, ’cause I’m having a hard time doing so right now.

  • Which will address the 2011 graduating class of The University of Notre Dame? Which Georgetown’s?

    You’re going to see a leprechaun riding a unicorn down le Grand Boulevarde du Shangri-La before you see dems vote pro-life.

    But, that’s okay. Pro-life/pro-abortion/pro-PP dems are 24/7 social justice, 100%. No sweat: 43,000,000 dead babies!

  • 0 Democrat senators voted to defund Planned parenthood while 42 Republicans did.

    How much more nonsense do we have to listen to about how both parties are equally evil…. Mr. Shea and Ms. Cardigan?

  • Jasper,

    I think Mark refers to the GOP as the Stupid Party, saving the Evil Party for the Dems. While he certainly calls Republicans on the carpet, I don’t think he equates the immorality of their erroneous positions with the Dems’ on abortion.

    But your larger point certainly stands… pro-life Dems are now almost entirely a joke, at least at the national level.

  • The Democrats are a wholly owned subsidiary of Abortion, Inc. When Planned Parenthood whistles all the jackasses come running. As for the Republican defectors, time to make the RINO an extinct species.

    “I think Mark refers to the GOP as the Stupid Party, saving the Evil Party for the Dems.”

    That was Mark’s original formulation Chris. I believe he then went to Stupid Evil Party for the GOP. Since I stopped reading Mark’s blog circa 2006, except on rare occasions, I am not sure what cute phrase he is addicted to now for the party that pro-life Republicans like myself have battled for decades keeping pro-life.

  • In addition to this unforgivable vote Mark Kirk was also one of the handful of Republicans who once again stabbed their own party in the back by voting with the Evil Party on the Cap and Tax bill.

    I would love to have him replaced him here in Illinois but the Republican Party in this God-forsaken state is woefully inept.

  • Mark Kirk is a living symbol of why the GOP in the Land of Lincoln needs a root and branch reformation. The great victories for the GOP in the Congressional races were all due to tea party enthusiasm and had nothing to do with the GOP-Lite Party we have in this state.

  • “I think Mark refers to the GOP as the Stupid Party, saving the Evil Party for the Dems.”

    “That was Mark’s original formulation Chris. I believe he then went to Stupid Evil Party for the GOP.”

    I think Don is right. The GOP is the Stupid Evil Party while the Dems are the Evil Stupid Party. Thus the equivocation.

  • There is solidarity in numbers, everyone. The solution is not to find the fault in individuals, but work HARDER next election to VOTE OUT pro-choice Reps and Senators, and VOTE IN pro-life Reps & Senators to the tune of a 2/3 majority.

    I’m not totally disappointed with this result. I have incredible hope, in fact, because now I know that it’s possible to win this battle for life.

  • In addition to this unforgivable vote Mark Kirk was also one of the handful of Republicans who once again stabbed their own party in the back by voting with the Evil Party on the Cap and Tax bill.

    The use of tradeable permits as a means of environmental protection and attempting to allocate the costs of economic activity was an innovation promoted a generation ago by resource economists. One of them who did so (in his teaching if not his professional publications) was Steve Hanke, currently associated with the Cato Institute, among other agencies. The Environmental Defense Fund was (ca. 1989) the first such organization to endorse the idea. Environmental lobbies were generally hostile to the idea prior to that. Tradeable permits, excises, regulations, tort suits, &c. are all inhabitants of a toolbox. The problem they are meant to address is the problem of externalities from economic activities. Which tool is best is going to depend on granular details. Cursing politicians for these sorts of decisions is needlessly sectarian.

    P.Z.: This fellow Kirk may be a disappointment or worse. Unless his complex of views renders him more suitable for the Democratic caucus, calling him a Republican-in-Name-Only makes little sense. Same deal for the Maine ladies. When policy preferences are bimodally distributed, you always have some people in the tails of the distribution, in the middle and on either end.

  • . Cursing politicians for these sorts of decisions is needlessly sectarian.

    The nature of my employment makes me uncomfortable discussing the pros and cons of the cap-and-trade bill that passed the House; however it is not unreasonable for opponents to question – even vehemently – the wisdom of voting this particular measure.

    As for the RINO label, I normally don’t like using it myself for the reasons you have mentioned. But for some politicians it is rather apt, and so far it seems appropriate for Senator Kirk.

  • “But for some politicians it is rather apt, and so far it seems appropriate for Senator Kirk.”

    It is a mild term for a man who symbolizes the fact that in Illinois the GOP establishment is Democrat-Lite and does their shameful best to sabotage conservative Republicans who run for election. With “Republicans” like Kirk Democrats are superfluous.

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