AR-Sen: More On That “Deciding Vote”

10 Jun

In today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Seth Blomely quotes Senator Blanche Lincoln as stating that she wasn’t the “deciding vote” on health care reform after all:

“I wasn’t the deciding vote. I was among a handful of five Democrats that worked on getting consensus.”

Well, we certainly knew that to be the case at the time — back on May 4, Matt delivered a commentary titled “One-Sixtieth of the Truth” as his critique of Lincoln’s tv spot released that day touting hers as the “deciding vote” that passed health care reform in the senate. That, of course, did not seem to mesh with what actually happened:

After all, as you may well remember, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) was the last Democrat to say that he would assent to the bill in mid-December, and his 60th vote was needed to break the filibuster.  During the role call vote on Christmas Eve when the bill was actually passed, John Tester (D-MT) was the 51st vote and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the 60th vote.  Sure, Lincoln was part of the block of Senators who effectively killed the public option before they would agree to support the bill, but she did not represent the “deciding vote” to pass the bill.

Unless, of course, she’s saying that, because 60 votes were needed to defeat the GOP filibuster and the Democrats managed exactly 60 votes, every Senator technically cast the deciding vote.  Which, while semantically true, is kind of misleading within the context of the ad.

Nor did it mesh with the theme the campaign originally unveiled way back in March, where she “didn’t answer to her party” and “voted against the public option health care plan.”

So, today we see Blanchey coming correct with the (obvious) facts regarding that vote, and other local bloggers finally picking up on her latest revision — that hers was not so much “the deciding vote,” but rather “one of many votes” that finally reformed our health insurance industry.

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  1. BHR Wonder: Two’s Company; Three’s An Option? | Blue Hog Report: Arkansas's Source for Progressive Politics - June 15, 2010

    […] paint Bill Halter as a liberal time and time again. Moreover, and also like Wills, Lincoln crafted (and continues to craft) her campaign strategies and messages based upon her assumption that Arkansas voters are […]

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  2. BHR Wonder: Two’s Company; Three’s An Option? | Blue Hog Report: Arkansas's Source for Progressive Politics - June 15, 2010

    […] paint Bill Halter as a liberal time and time again. Moreover, and also like Wills, Lincoln crafted (and continues to craft) her campaign strategies and messages based upon her assumption that Arkansas voters are […]

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