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February 14, 2014 10:09 AM More on Hypocrite’s Corner

By Ed Kilgore

In our continuing coverage of the act of hypocrisy by which most congressional Republicans voted against a debt limit measure they were (we are told) insanely favoring as crucial to the country, Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski has come up with the Senate clerk’s talley sheet for the cloture vote on the bill. It seems six Republicans senators switched their votes from “nay” to “yea” as the vote was proceeding, which is an unusually very high number.

All six, of course, as well as the other six Republicans who voted “yea” from the get-go, sneaked back across the aisle to vote against the debt limit bill’s actual passage, even as stories were being written hailing them for their extraordinary maturity in doing the right thing for the economy.

The more I learn about how this deal went down, the less I agree with the idea it was a positive watershed.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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