Don’t trust your “allies.”
Enough Republicans voted “Yea” for the Senate Democrats to have passed the auto industry bailout. But it failed because too many Democrats voted “Nay,” or didn’t show up to vote at all.
The vote was 52 to 35, with 10 Republicans voting “Yea.” 4 Democrats voted “Nay,” and 4 did not vote. One Democrat seat, from Illinois, is not occupied. Whose fault is that? Even so, 52+8=60.
Harry Reid voted “Nay” procedurally, but Baucus (D-MT), Tester (D-MT) and Lincoln (D-AR) who voted “Nay” with no such excuse, and Biden (D-DE), Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA), and Wyden (D-OR) who could not bother to vote, are obviously “un-American” by the lights of Michigan’s Governor, and they must be trying to “pierce the heart of organized labor” according to the UAW President.
Apparently, only 10 Republicans are not enough political cover.