Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said he has told the most virulent Republican opponents that he will not tolerate a raft of amendment votes designed simply to filibuster the measure, and he castigated his own party’s senators for their vote switches.
“We’re going to do this damned thing, and if we don’t, I think we should dissolve the Congress and just go home,” Lott fumed.
The sooner the Republican Senate caucus can find 41 votes to declare the bill beyond repair, the better of the GOP will be. The presidential ambitions of John McCain are smoldering as a result of the fire he started, and now the GOP’s 49 seats look to take another major hit in the fall of ’08.