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In the end, the House vote on the debt ceiling deal wasn’t that close. With both leadership teams whipping their members in favor, it passed 269 to 161. Contrary to much of the noise heard throughout the day, it passed with more Republican than Democratic votes.
While liberal opposition to the deal was as impotent as I predicted earlier, fully 95 Democrats did vote no compared to just 66 Republicans. An equal number of Democrats (95) voted yes, joining 174 Republicans. Throughout the day, even many of the deal GOP’s opponents expressed their support for House Speaker John Boehner, making defeat seem unlikely.
The outliers in the House Republican Conference included two presidential candidates, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann (Thaddeus McCotter voted yes), a number of Tea Party freshmen like Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash, and Joe Walsh, and embattled RSC chairman Jim Jordan. On the Democratic side, large segments of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses voted no.
Here’s the full roll call.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?