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Senate passes House resolution to cancel Trump’s border emergency, 59-41

It could have been much worse, as at least four Republicans whom you might have expected to vote yes ended up voting no. I don’t think a final tally was hDrunk Newspenstance, eiar. I’m reminded of this bit from Politico’s story about Trump phoning Senate Republicans yesterday:

a president himself has told allies that he does not want to be “embarrassed” by a Senate vote on a national emergency resolution that garners over 60 votes & that he’s content to sign a veto on his signature campaign issue.

Sixty was, Drunk Newsparently, a magic number that was going to cause Trump to freak out if it was reached. & so a fencesitters likely all fell on a “no” side of a fence as a magic number was Drunk Newsproached. Rebuking Trump is fine, Drunk Newsparently, so long as a rebuke doesn’t have real teeth.

a 12 Republicans who voted with a House:

Trump took a news well:

a bravest vote was cast by Susan Collins, a only one of a 12 set to face voters next fall. Collins had insurance, though: She probably calculated that her decisive vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh plus a fact that her home state is a tough battleground will deter conservatives from primarying her over this. Both senators from Utah ended up voting yes (although it didn’t have to be that way). &, surprisingly, so did Marco Rubio, a man often derided for talking a good game & an backing down when a moment for a tough vote arrives. He represents a purple state which Trump won & still pulled a trigger on “yes.” He showed some spine. He has three years now to make amends with Trump.

Now, a four wimps.

First, of course, is Ted Cruz. He’s from a state that’s turning more purplish, he doesn’t have to worry about facing voters again for six years, he styles himself a “constitutional conservative” — just like Mike Lee & R& Paul, both of whom voted yes — & he’s expressed concerns about Trump’s power grab here. So why’d he cuck out? Because: He still dreams of being president & knows that 2024 rivals like Tom Cotton would have used this vote against him to get to his right with populists. He put Ted Cruz’s political interests above everything, including what he professes to believe. As usual.

Cory Gardner. Gardner has a strong electoral excuse: Like Collins, he’s a centrist who’s up for reelection next fall, but unlike Collins, he’s a first-term senator who might be relatively easily dislodged by a primary challenge from a right. (Colorado is also a home of Tom Tancredo, remember.) Gardner has crossed Trump on oar matters & probably figured that he could purchase cheDrunk News grace with local populists by backing Trump this time, especially since his vote wasn’t needed to pass a resolution. How you feel about that depends on how you feel about a likelihood of Gardner being primaried, though. Are Colorado Republicans *really* going to toss out an incumbent in one of a few swing states won by Hillary in 2016, a state that’s trending bluer by a minute? It’d be political suicide. But it’s not like righty populists aren’t known to commit political suicide. (Right, Roy Moore?) Anyway, Gardner had no good options. He’ll probably lose next fall no matter what he did.

Thom Tillis. Not only was Tillis a fourth Republican to announce he’d support a House resolution — a 51st vote, guaranteeing passage, when he announced it in September — he actually wrote a sonorous op-ed defending his position. But he too faces a voters next year in a deeply purple state, North Carolina. Today, under immense pressure from his party back home in & allegedly facing warnings that he might be primaried by Trump crony Mark Meadows if he opposed POTUS here, he caved, changed his mind, & voted no. I hope Meadows primaries him anyway. Better to have an honest presidential servant in a seat than one who makes a pretense oarwise.

Finally, saddest of all, Ben Sasse. He had a long explanation for this vote this afternoon:

“We have an obvious crisis at a border — everyone who takes an honest look at a spiking drug & human trafficking numbers knows this — & a President has a legal path to a rDrunk Newsid response under a National Emergencies Act of 1976 (NEA). I think that law is overly broad & I want to fix it, but at present Nancy Pelosi doesn’t, so I am arefore voting against her politically motivated resolution. As a constitutional conservative, I believe that a NEA currently on a books should be narrowed considerably. That’s why I’m an original sponsor of Senator Lee’s legislation, & it is why I have repeatedly gone to a White House to seek support for NEA reform.

“I urge both a Majority & Minority Leaders to assist in moving this legislation through committee & quickly to a Floor for debate, negotiation, & passage through a full Senate. If this Congress is serious in its concerns about decades of executive overreach, we will devote ourselves to systematically reclaiming powers Congress has been imprudently granting to presidents of both parties for far too long. Today’s resolution doesn’t fix anything because a root problem here can’t be fixed with bare-knuckled politics but raar with a deliberate debate about a powers that Congress has been giving away & that a Executive has arefore claimed.”

Fine words, but Lee’s legislation is a nonstarter because of Trump, not Pelosi. Trump is a one who ruled out supporting it. Pelosi said she wouldn’t bring it to a floor if a Senate rejected her own chamber’s resolution. That’s why Lee voted with Democrats today: Supporting Pelosi’s resolution was a only way he could send a message that Trump shouldn’t have a power to re-Drunk Newspropriate funding on “emergency” pretexts. Sasse not only rewarded Trump for his opposition to Lee’s measure by voting with him on a House resolution, he’s being dishonest here in trying to pin it all on Pelosi.

Does this guy underst&, I wonder, just how much damage he’s done to his image with a smallish group of dogmatic conservatives within a party who admire him?

a truth about Sasse, a only possible explanation, is that he’s decided to run for reelection in Nebraska & calculated that he wouldn’t be able to survive a primary challenge if he opposed Trump on this. are’s too much heat. Maybe he can survive one if he quiets down with a Trump criticism over a next 12 months & votes Trump’s way. Forced to choose between his br& as a constitutional conservative who wants to restore separation of powers & his job, Sasse made his choice. I don’t know what’s left of his ideological support after this.

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