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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
It’s Called “Being a Senator”

By Steven Taylor @ 10:15 am

From the same story, we find that Kerry didn’t get to vote on what he wanted to vote on yesterday:

The meeting came on an unusual day for Kerry, who spent it not campaigning for votes in New Mexico, as originally scheduled, but in the Capitol. He had come, he said, to cast a vote to increase funding for veterans’ health care. Republicans, eager to deny Kerry the moment he sought, maneuvered to prevent a roll call.

By evening, he bemoaned the delay in remarks on the Senate floor. “We have an opportunity to make a choice today. If we don’t, then we’ll continue to talk about this issue over the next months,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. “And the American people will make a choice in November.”

[…]

“Senator Kerry ought to have an opportunity to vote” on veterans, Daschle, of South Dakota, said at mid-afternoon, at a time when the presidential candidate still nursed hopes — later abandoned — of being able to do so in time to fly to New Mexico for an evening fund-raiser.

What, the Senate has to schedule its votes to accomodate one Senator? There is an easy way for Mr. Kerry to get to vote: he can stay in Washington and be a Senator. If he wants the political advantage of being able to vote for something that will make him look good, he has to live with the political game of the vote being delayed.

Really, while he has the right to keep his seat while he runs, there does come a point where it seems a choice should be made: either he is a presidential candidate or a legislator. It is nearly impossible to effectively be both.

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8 Comments»

  1. Did you have the same attitude when Governor George Bush ran for President?

    Comment by Harry — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

  2. I don’t remember Gov. Bush complaining about initiatives being passed without his presence or the legislature maneuvering its schedule to inconvenience him.

    Besides, in Texas, the Lt. Gov is more important the the Governor.

    Comment by Gary and the Samoyeds — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 12:36 pm

  3. True about the Lt. Gov.-who in fact did Bush’s job when he was gone.

    Look, I would prefer that all presidential candidates would resign their posts (sace when one is running for re-election) and just did the running for pres thing-although it is easier to be an executive and run than to be a legislator and run. You can do part of your job as an executive from anywhere-it is hard to be a legislator without being in the legislature.

    And, I haven’t really griped about Kerry not resigning, but when he is going to gripe about a vote, then there is legit room for comment.

    I never gave it thought when Clinton ran as Governor of Arkansas, btw. Or for Dukakis in 88.

    Comment by Steven — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 1:26 pm

  4. True about the Lt. Gov.-who in fact did Bush’s job when he was gone.

    Look, I would prefer that all presidential candidates would resign their posts (sace when one is running for re-election) and just did the running for pres thing-although it is easier to be an executive and run than to be a legislator and run. You can do part of your job as an executive from anywhere-it is hard to be a legislator without being in the legislature.

    And, I haven’t really griped about Kerry not resigning, but when he is going to gripe about a vote, then there is legit room for comment.

    I never gave it thought when Clinton ran as Governor of Arkansas, btw. Or for Dukakis in 88.

    Comment by Steven — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 1:26 pm

  5. “Senator Kerry ought to have an opportunity to vote…”

    Funny…Senator Daschle was reminded, time and again, that the president’s judicial nominees ought to have their fate decided by a vote. If there were reasons why the nominees shouldn’t be confirmed, then the votes to deny the confirmation should be there. Instead, Daschle led the efforts to block the confirmation votes from ever happening.

    Comment by Tom — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 2:00 pm

  6. Kerry and Daschle played these same games against Senator Dole when he ran for president. What a hypocrite!

    Comment by Ann — Thursday, June 24, 2004 @ 3:19 pm

  7. Think simple. Learn different. Macinstruct.net

    Comment by Jordan — Monday, July 5, 2004 @ 5:13 pm

  8. Join the Linux community. Linuxwaves.net

    Comment by Mildred — Monday, July 5, 2004 @ 5:29 pm

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