Skip to comments.Did Al Franken really cast the '60th vote' for Obamacare?
Posted on 02/02/2014 12:50:05 PM PST by Libloather
So who did cast the critical 60th vote for the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare?
Facing a new election year, the GOP has an answer ready to go: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat whose 2008 recount victory over Republican Norm Coleman helped alter the balance of power in national politics.
With the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov, Minnesotans can expect to hear a lot about the symbolic 60th vote; for example, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann recently penned an opinion piece calling Franken a leading cheerleader and the 60th vote for Obamacare.
But in a body of 100 senators, Franken is hardly the only contender for the distinction. Not to mention that in the end, the essential finishing touches of the health care law passed the Senate thanks to some tricky legislative maneuvering with a mere 56 votes, not 60.
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The blame for bad legislation should fall to everyone who voted for it not just the ‘first’ or ‘last’ or ‘thirty-second’ or whatever.
...doesn’t really matter....THE RATS OWN ODUNGOCARE!...don’t fall for the BS line the media is willing to give up a few races to save the senate....DON’T LET THEM PIN IT ON A FEW......not one of them voted against it!
“Give him the boot as well. “
I know just where I’d like to plant that boot! See,,,, I’ve got these really pointy-toed cowboy boots that have decorative metal boot tips that match my collar tips. They’d be quite effective!
Every Democrat cast the deciding vote.
I have never been able to believe that any group of voters in this country could be so stupid as to vote for and elect Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. It should have never happened . There was no need for a re-count , Franken lost . That we as a people keep bending over for this aggressive lib-progressive BS is unbelievable . make um fear , make um fear . If we do not , we lose our country forever .
Al Franken not only voted for Obamacare, but he failed to give me a decent response to a letter asking him where he stood on the religious freedom issue. He skirted that part entirely.
So, you could also make a case of Al helping the administration beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor. It is just as appropriate, iMHO.
Going to be tough to get rid of Franken
Senator John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, first welcomed Mr. Franken to the Senate, but added: The implications of this Senate race are particularly significant because the Democrats will now have 60 votes in the Senate. With their super-majority, the era of excuses and finger-pointing is now over. With just 59 votes, Senate Democrats in recent months have passed trillion-dollar spending bills, driven up Americas debt, made every American taxpayer a shareholder in the auto industry and now want Washington to takeover Americas health care system. Its troubling to think about what they might now accomplish with 60 votes.
Now that he’s been a Senator, Al can’t go back to being a comedian, since he was not to begin with.
There were two time periods during the 111th Congress when the Democrats had a 60 seat majority:
* From July 7. 2009 (when Al Franken was officially seated as the Senator from Minnesota after the last of Norm Colemans challenges came to an end) to August 25, 2009 (when Ted Kennedy died, although Kennedys illness had kept him from voting for several weeks before that date at least); and
* From September 25, 2009 (when Paul Kirk was appointed to replace Kennedy) to February 4, 2010 (when Scott Brown took office after defeating Martha Coakley);
* For one day in September 2009, Republicans lacked 40 votes due to the resignation of Mel Martinez, who was replaced the next day by George LeMieux
COleman was a potential 60th vote for cloture on a bill for a coherent energy policy.. Way back in 2005,, he lost a lot of votes, and his UN oil for food investigation was a lot of steam and little starch.
Minniesoda has lost its bearings and more than a few screws are loose on the voting populace and their candidates in both parties.
I agree. However, IMO the single most important vote was that of
Arlen Specter Anal Sphincter. The GOPe backed that RINO over Toomey. That vote made all the difference. Moral: Never trust a RINO.
As I recall, Colman was winning until they found some uncounted ballots in the trunk of someones car or something.
Then there was the problem of convicted felons voting...
“...any group of voters...could be so stupid as to vote for and elect Al Franken to the U.S. Senate.”
Easy. They’re the same ones who elected Jesse Ventura their governor.
it was a total travesty
There comes a time when city hall needs to be burned down .
When all the scum lawyers that force this stuff thru on our society need to be made to feel totally unsafe in their homes.
This goes on because we let it go on . So whose fault is it anyway ? The perps or the victims ?
you would think MN was the first state to legalize MJ
Well, I live in one of the two that did and I’m certainly not proud of that.
Cast the 60th vote?
That could be said of every democrat.
If any one of them had mustered up the sense and guts to vote no that would have been the missing 60th vote.
Every pos who voted for that tyranny cast the 60th vote. They all need to be flushed out of office.