2. Voting for Pickering "if he could". Again, great sentiment, but it signifies nothing. He would have gotten his chance to vote for Pickering had there been Republican control, but he chose not to go that route, and all he can do is lament about a vote he never got a chance to make.
3. The tax cut was brought to the floor when the Repubs were in control, right before the Jeffords switch. Do you think that woudl have ever gotten to a vote if Daschle was in control. And hell, even Feinstein voted for the tax cut along with 11 other Dems. The only reason they all got a chance to vote at all was because we were still in control