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The Senators We Need To Target (Squishy GOP Votes)
Cassy Fiano ^ | 02-06-09 | Cassy Fiano

Posted on 02/07/2009 4:42:47 PM PST by nomoremods

We need to be calling all of our senators, folks. But some might need more attention than others. That said, I just finished calling every Republican in the Senate, plus Joe Lieberman. I kept a tally of who gave a firm no, and who seemed to be a little more on the squishy side. The ones who gave a firm no should still get phone calls, mind you, to make sure they don’t change their position. But it’s the squishy ones who really need our attention. Here’s the tally:

FIRMLY OPPOSES: I only put someone down in the “no” column if the response I got from the office was a firm no. Any wavering or talk of compromise and bipartisanship got them in the “squish” column. So, here are the senators currently planning on voting no: # Jeff Sessions # Kit Bond # Jon Kyl # John McCain # Mike Johann # John Ensign # Richard Burr # Tom Coburn # James Inhofe # Mike Crapo # James Risch # Jim DeMint # Lindsay Graham # Sam Brownback # Pat Roberts # John Thune # Jim Bunning # Mitch McConnell # Bob Corker # David Vitter # Robert Bennett # John Barrasso

Now, just because they’re saying they oppose it right now doesn’t mean that decision is carved in stone, so don’t hesitate to continue contacting them. Let them know you support their decision and tell them that they’re doing the right thing. Encourage them. Be nice.

Now, for the rest of the group.

THE SQUISHES: These are the people whose votes are liable to change, along with any notes I wrote down about my conversations with them. # Richard Shelby — I got busy signals on both lines, so I just put him in the squish column. # Lisa Murkowski — definite squish; plus, her staffer was a huge asshat on the phone. # Thad Cochran # Judd Gregg — said he was abstaining from voting. # Joe Lieberman # Mel Martinez # Saxby Chambliss — said he currently opposed it, but was “open to compromise” # George Voinovich — voted no in appropriations but is still open to voting for the bill # Johnny Isakson # Arlen Specter — both of his lines were busy, I never actually got through # Richard Lugar # Chuck Grassley # Roger Wicker # Lamar Alexander — likely a “no” vote, but still possibly squishy # John Cornyn — no answer on either line # Kay Bailey Hutchison — busy on both lines # Susan Collins # Olympia Snowe # Michael Enzi — “leaning towards no”

So folks, that’s where we stand right now on the positions of the Republican senators. Let’s light up those phones now. You can get their phone numbers here.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhostimulus; gop; porkulus; senators; stimulus; stimuluswatch
Okay, clearly we still have work to do. I didn't realize that there were still GOP Senators that are "squishy" on this. And what's up with Saxby? Gov. Palin needs to call him and in her best Margaret Thatcher impression tell him this is not a time to go "wobbly".

The phone numbers are at the link.

1 posted on 02/07/2009 4:42:48 PM PST by nomoremods
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To: nomoremods

If their DC numbers are busy, call the in-state numbers. Michael Steele of the RNC also needs to help out.


2 posted on 02/07/2009 4:44:29 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: nomoremods

Shows how far we have gone to the dark side to have that many squishes. Good news for now, but hard to believe that Graham and McCain aren’t part of the squishes.


3 posted on 02/07/2009 4:46:11 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Frantzie

I like your tag line. We should also boycott any company.....especially the banks.....that take this money.


4 posted on 02/07/2009 4:48:42 PM PST by mick
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To: nomoremods
Tleilaxu Thu-zen: "Corruption wears infinite disguises."
5 posted on 02/07/2009 4:49:13 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: nomoremods

TArget a couple of Blue Dog Dis too. I would bet Gillibrand could be prsuaded. She was the only NY Dem to vote against the Septeber bailout bill. Maybe Nelson — he seems to have reservations about the bill.


6 posted on 02/07/2009 4:54:44 PM PST by TBP
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To: beaversmom

Just sent my “squishy” senator Chambliss a scathing e-mail. Told him Sarah Palin would not come save his seat for him next time. Also told him I don’t care what the democrats think about him. He better start worrying about what Georgians think about him.


7 posted on 02/07/2009 4:57:35 PM PST by Josa
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To: nomoremods

I wouldn’t trust McCain as far as I could throw him.

While we’re all calling and emailing, it would be a good idea for those inclined to THANK the firm ones for their decisions! Adding a little cement to their backbones is a good idea and believe me, positive comments DO get remembered.


8 posted on 02/07/2009 5:01:24 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: nomoremods
“THE SQUISHES”

Politicians that don't have to worry about the lynch mob's
at home, will never respect their constituencies wishes.

“The Squishes”, have no fear of becoming the squished. If there was ever a time to light a fire under a Rino's posterior, it's now.

9 posted on 02/07/2009 5:03:24 PM PST by Semper Mark (Raging Infidel)
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To: TBP

>>”...Gillibrand could be prsuaded. She was the only NY Dem to vote against the Septeber bailout bill.”<<

Don’t count on the Gillibrand for anything. She voted along with McCain, Feinstein and Graham (R-SC) in favor of Holder as AG.

http://gunowners.org/a020409.htm


10 posted on 02/07/2009 5:07:17 PM PST by panaxanax (Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those that don't.)
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To: nomoremods

How about we take it a step further ?
Notify the Squishes that we will boycott their state’s products ( in their names ) in retaliation
for their capitulation to Obama’s socialism.
No more Georgia peaches in honor of Chambliss and Isakson.
No more LL Bean, Maine blueberries and maple syrup in honor of Collins and Snowe.
No more Texas beef in honor of Hutchison and Cornyn.
Add to the list.
Actions have consequences.


11 posted on 02/07/2009 5:09:48 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Kieri

>>”I wouldn’t trust McCain as far as I could throw him.”<<

Same here. He’s a little sleaze-bag that leans whichever the wind blows.


12 posted on 02/07/2009 5:10:31 PM PST by panaxanax (Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those that don't.)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

I like that idea a lot.


13 posted on 02/07/2009 5:11:28 PM PST by nomoremods
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To: nomoremods
The Senators we need to target are Democrat Senators. Any Republican even remotely considering voting for this has already lost his/her mind.

Get on the phones to Senators like Landrieu, Feinstein, Nelson, Cantwell, Conrad, and Johnson.

14 posted on 02/07/2009 5:18:51 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Hoodat

They are not trying to save the country, they are trying to destroy it.


15 posted on 02/07/2009 5:27:10 PM PST by FreedBird (BB)
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To: Hoodat

Collins (202) 224-2523
Snowe (202) 224-5344
Specter (202) 224-4254

Mail boxes are full. Hmmmmmm! One of two things, lots of truly p-ssed off people or they are hiding!


16 posted on 02/07/2009 5:27:25 PM PST by WellyP
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To: Hoodat

Yes, Dems, too. However, I was just surprised that there were so many GOP Senators that were wavering; I thought we only had to worry about the traitors Collins, Snowe and Specter and now I hear that these GOP ones are “squishy”? Pathetic.


17 posted on 02/07/2009 5:30:12 PM PST by nomoremods
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To: nomoremods

I seriously doubt Kay Bailey Hutchinson will vote for this bill. Consider this:

http://hutchison.senate.gov/cc013009Economy.html

Also, she’s probably running for governor in TX soon and a vote yes on something like this, would ruin her here...


18 posted on 02/07/2009 5:31:03 PM PST by KeatsforFirstDog
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To: nomoremods; fieldmarshaldj

Where’s Corker and Alexander of TN ???

Both R...


19 posted on 02/07/2009 5:33:12 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: nomoremods

I’ve lived in five states since 1994. As a result, there are four people on these lists for whom I’ve voted. Three are in the “no” column and one is squishy.


20 posted on 02/07/2009 5:49:30 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: nomoremods

I’ve had no problem getting through to John Cornyn’s Texas offices. I’ve been told he’s a ‘No’ vote, but that was a couple of days ago.


21 posted on 02/07/2009 6:07:57 PM PST by Moiraine
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To: TBP

Arkansas Senators and McCaskill are our best chances of Dems jumping. They were with us on the amnesty fight....they need to be reminded of how it felt to be on the side of the American people that they work for


22 posted on 02/07/2009 6:18:09 PM PST by Benjamin Harrison
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To: Benjamin Harrison

PS..Enzi is the only accountant in the Senate..he knows how bad this bill smells..he will be a no


23 posted on 02/07/2009 6:19:22 PM PST by Benjamin Harrison
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To: Kieri
I wouldn’t trust McCain as far as I could throw him.

He (McCain) has a strong track record of voting against this stuff (not counting the last one where they all caved in thanks to GWB) so I am not worried about him much, he would only vote on it if it contained nothing but actual stimulus like tax cuts and anything that would really create jobs.
24 posted on 02/07/2009 6:25:05 PM PST by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: nomoremods

They are not squishy and don’t have a clue where this person came up with these names. Both of my Senator’s offices said there are two and maybe three at most which are Specter, Snowe, and Collins. They said the rest are solid and that is the impression that all the speakers have given.

The problem with targeting like this is that some people tend to yell at staffers of Senators that are firmly on board voting NO and it accomplishes ZERO, ZIP, NADA except irritate the heck out of them.

Don’t have a clue who put this list together and why.


25 posted on 02/07/2009 6:36:32 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: Moiraine

Cornyn is 100% NO and why this who thread makes no sense. The Republicans named except for the three traitors are solidly NO. Cornyn has been with Coburn and Inhofe for a long time against pork and earmarks.


26 posted on 02/07/2009 6:37:48 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: WellyP

I got though to the Republican cloakroom today. Had a nice conversation with the young man you answered the phone. I told him to get a message to Arlen Specter - I listed all the things wrong about his support for this disaster. I asked him, if along with the message if he could throw a shoe at him for me.


27 posted on 02/07/2009 6:56:29 PM PST by Jenny217
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To: panaxanax

True, but she did vote against the September bailout. So she’s at least worth contacting.


28 posted on 02/07/2009 7:01:30 PM PST by TBP
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To: LegalEagle61
He (McCain) has a strong track record of voting against this stuff (not counting the last one where they all caved in thanks to GWB) so I am not worried about him much, he would only vote on it if it contained nothing but actual stimulus like tax cuts and anything that would really create jobs.

The election is over and McVain lost; you can stop defending the squish RINO now.

29 posted on 02/07/2009 7:05:30 PM PST by TBP
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To: KeatsforFirstDog
I seriously doubt Kay Bailey Hutchinson will vote for this bill.

Don't bet on it. She will wait until she sees how the wind is blowing. If it is really close she may vote for it. If she sees there are enough votes to pass it, she will vote no. This is the way KBH always plays.

30 posted on 02/07/2009 7:44:51 PM PST by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: nomoremods
Maybe Collins, Snowe and Specter need to know they might not get re-elected.

U. S. Senate


31 posted on 02/07/2009 7:50:07 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: KeatsforFirstDog
I seriously doubt Kay Bailey Hutchinson will vote for this bill.

She doesn't need to vote for it, she gets to have it both ways.

32 posted on 02/07/2009 9:07:40 PM PST by itsahoot (We will have world government. Whether by conquest or consent. Looks like that question is answered)
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To: PhiKapMom

Read the post - she explains that she phoned each one of their offices and only received “wobbly” responses from the staff. We don’t have time to play nice. If they yell at their staffers, perhaps the staffers will be more apt to signal to their employers, US, that the Senator in question is actually going to vote no rather than give an evasive answer.

If they are leaving wiggle room by not giving firm answers to constituents, then they deserve the calls. Irritate them? I really don’t care if they’re irritated; this is $1 trillion of our money that they’re playing around with and I don’t give one flying fig if phone calls irritate them. They work for us!


33 posted on 02/08/2009 6:32:42 AM PST by nomoremods
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To: nomoremods; All

Some tips:

Staffers will not say how their Senator is voting until he has either told them or made a public statement. Some of you forget you are not dealing with the Senator but his aides. If you are not sure how your Senator is voting, then use the ploy of thanking them for their NO vote and trust me you most likely will get a big thank you which speaks volumes. You are also more likely to get a conversation going with your local office then DC.

Yelling at staffers even at the ones of Collins, etc. is not smart. State your reasons rationally. If you get angry, you get marked in a separate category and they pay zero attention to you.

Be polite and firm in your conviction when asking them to vote NO. Can tell you now if you are calling from outside their area codes, they won’t even mark you down. They don’t work for you. If you block your number, they also won’t mark you down. They are interested in what their constituents are saying not what someone from Middle America is saying.

Don’t think some on here understand how these offices are run and that the person at the end could be the age of their young 20’s. What better way to turn them off then to get mad at them.

HINT: If you are not from their State, they don’t care how you want them to vote because you are not their constituent and you may be tying up the lines for someone from their state. It is better to find people in their state to call. Go to our State lists on here and ask them, their friends and family to call. Flooding voice mail when you are not from Maine? Hope it made you feel better. Senators are elected to support their constituents.

You might have better luck calling the State GOP Chair and the county chairs along with their national committee people to put pressure on them. These are the people like all of us and they help raise money including from out of state to fund their Senator campaigns along with providing grassroots people to help in the campaign. State Chair tells the Senate office that money and help is going to dry up then the Senator MIGHT listen.

Another idea is to call Sen Cornyn at the NRSC and ask them to cut off any funds for the turncoats and then call the Senate office of one of the three and tell them what you have done. The problem with Collins is she just got re-elected.

Be imaginative in finding people from their State to call.


34 posted on 02/08/2009 6:56:34 AM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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