Who Were The Secessionists?

Who are the 56 bastards in the Senate who voted to break up the Union?
I want them all to explain wtf they were thinking.
Update: roll call below the fold. This failed by one vote, I believe. One.
It’s worth recalling exactly what they were voting on:

Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 – Establishes the U.S. Office for Native Hawaiian Relations within the Office of the Secretary of the Interior.
Establishes the Native Hawaiian Interagency Coordinating Group.
Recognizes the right of the Native Hawaiian people to reorganize the Native Hawaiian governing entity to provide for their common welfare and to adopt appropriate organic governing documents.
Establishes a Commission to: (1) prepare and maintain a roll of the adult members of the Native Hawaiian community who elect to participate in such reorganization; and (2) certify that the adult members of the Native Hawaiian community proposed for inclusion on the roll meet the definition of Native Hawaiian.
Outlines the process for the reorganization, which includes forming a Native Hawaiian Governing Council.
Reaffirms the political and legal relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian governing entity upon certification required by the Secretary regarding the organic governing documents and the election of the entity’s officers. Extends Federal recognition to the governing entity as the representative governing body of the Native Hawaiian people.
Authorizes the United States, upon the reaffirmation of such political and legal relationship, to enter into negotiations with the governing entity to lead to an agreement addressing specified matters, including the transfer of lands, natural resources, and other assets, and the protection of existing rights related to such lands or resources.

This is big stuff. They want to break up a state and create a new sovereign nation within it that we would have to negotiate with concerning resources and assets. Good God.


Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Alaska: Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Stevens (R-AK), Yea
Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Allard (R-CO), Nay Salazar (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
Delaware: Biden (D-DE), Yea Carper (D-DE), Yea
Florida: Martinez (R-FL), Nay Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Idaho: Craig (R-ID), Nay Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Yea Obama (D-IL), Yea
Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Nay
Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Yea Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Nay Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Maryland: Mikulski (D-MD), Yea Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D-MA), Yea Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota: Coleman (R-MN), Yea Dayton (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Yea Lott (R-MS), Nay
Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Nay Talent (R-MO), Nay
Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Burns (R-MT), Nay
Nebraska: Hagel (R-NE), Yea Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Nay Sununu (R-NH), Nay
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Domenici (R-NM), Yea
New York: Clinton (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Not Voting
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Nay Dole (R-NC), Nay
North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Ohio: DeWine (R-OH), Nay Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Oregon: Smith (R-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Yea
Pennsylvania: Santorum (R-PA), Nay Specter (R-PA), Yea
Rhode Island: Chafee (R-RI), Nay Reed (D-RI), Yea
South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay Graham (R-SC), Not Voting
South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Nay
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Nay Frist (R-TN), Nay
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Nay Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Vermont: Jeffords (I-VT), Yea Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Virginia: Allen (R-VA), Nay Warner (R-VA), Nay
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea
West Virginia: Byrd (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting
Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Yea Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Wyoming: Enzi (R-WY), Nay Thomas (R-WY), Nay

18 Responses to “Who Were The Secessionists?”

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    McCain? What is up with the yea?

  2. Mike Rentner says:

    McCain is not mentally stable. That’s what’s up with that. I have no idea how a man who lost his marbles like him can still wield so much influence.

  3. Dan Collins says:

    I think that gay sex ought to be protected (well, yeah, both ways, I guess) everywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line, and that it ought to be up to the sovereign states out west to determine whether or not that arrangement suits them. I know that this will be a real drag for South Beach, Venice and Key West, but you can’t have everything.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    Dan, maybe we can get the Senate to declare gays a separate race, and cede them territory that has been historically theirs (the cities you mention) and negotiate with them on resources, pay for access rights to various neighborhoods, etc. We could call it “Native Homosexual Government Reorganization Act of 2006 – Establishes the U.S. Office for Native Homosexual Relations within the Office of the Secretary of Interior Design.”

  5. Bill Nelson. Maybe he’s not such a peach.

  6. John says:

    Well, this was a vote for cloture, not a vote itself. Is there a reason that a Senator who still might want to vote no on the bill might not want Cloture?
    Anyone? Dave J?

  7. Dan Collins says:

    That’s a great idea! They can all be Chocolate Cities!

  8. DirtCrashr says:

    The Coconut Index is climbing, better sell high before they nationalize the industry.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    Will the ‘native hawaiians’ all go on the Dole?

  10. Nightfly says:

    The whole idea is bananas.

  11. What will they call their leader? A papayatollah? That would be a poi substitute for statehood.

  12. Mr. Bingley says:

    Would the people become surfs?

  13. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I have no idea how a man who lost his marbles like him can still wield so much influence.
    Well, he’s certainly attained the levels of Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd.

  14. Mike Rentner says:

    However much I disagree with and loathe the ethics of Kennedy and Byrd, I think they are at least sane. McCain is simply not right in the head.

  15. Mr. Bingley says:

    Kennedy and Byrd are consistant, at least.

  16. The_Real_JeffS says:

    It’s the results that I’m looking at……most of which are consisently bad and/or stupid.

  17. Dave J says:

    Yes, John, there are possible procedural reasons why a Senator would vote for cloture (i.e., to end debate) on this bill and then vote against it, usually having to do with other unrelated legislation. That’s my understanding of at least why Jon Kyl would’ve voted to invoke cloture on this bill even though he’s been a pretty opponent of it–see, e.g., this policy paper by the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which he chairs. Contra McCain, Kyl is the Arizona Senator who does NOT generally appear to have come entirely detached from reality.
    I suspect there are several other Senators in a similar position, though probably most of those who voted for cloture actually supported this offensively stupid and unconstitutional bill.

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