The party of personal responsibility is mad because Franken won’t stop unaffiliated third parties from holding them responsible for voting against his anti-rape bill. This is seen as incredibly rude in Senateville — don’t rock the boat!
There’s some he-said-she-said process stuff about whether or not Franken is an asshole but if there’s any indication in this article that Politico/Raju are even aware of the possibility that this is fucking insane and the Senators in question should be ashamed of themselves I’m missing it.
If ignorance is strength then we got some big fuckin muscles. Is our discourse getting more and more insane or am I just fed up with it?
The Republicans are steamed at Franken because partisans on the left are using a measure he sponsored to paint them as rapist sympathizers — and because Franken isn’t doing much to stop them.
“Trying to tap into the natural sympathy that we have for this victim of this rape —and use that as a justification to frankly misrepresent and embarrass his colleagues, I don’t think it’s a very constructive thing,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in an interview.
“I think it’s going to make a lot of senators leery and start looking at things he’s doing earlier on, because I don’t think it got appropriate attention ahead of time.”
In a chamber where relationship-building is seen as critical, some GOP senators question whether Franken’s handling of the amendment could damage his ability to work across the aisle. Soon after Tennessee GOP Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander co-wrote an op-ed in a local newspaper defending their votes against the Franken measure, the Minnesota Democrat confronted each senator separately to dispute their column — and grew particularly angry in a tense exchange with Corker.
But some of his new Republican colleagues argue that the amendment is being grossly mischaracterized — and has spawned attacks like the satirical website RepublicansforRape.org — and now question whether Franken is doing a good job of separating his past from his current line of work.
“I don’t know what his motivation was for taking us on, but I would hope that we won’t see a lot of Daily Kos-inspired amendments in the future coming from him,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, No. 4 in the Senate Republican leadership. “I think hopefully he’ll settle down and do kind of the serious work of legislating that’s important to Minnesota.”
“I think it would be helpful for Sen. Franken to come forward and say, ‘I’m not suggesting that anybody who votes for my amendment is indifferent to crimes against women or anybody else,’” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted against the amendment. “What’s going on politically with the amendment Sen. Franken can’t control, but I think it would be helpful for him personally to just let the rest of us know that’s the views of others — not him.”