The senators we need to target

The senators we need to target

We need to be calling all of our senators, folks. But some might need more attention than others. That said, I just finished calling every Republican in the Senate, plus Joe Lieberman. I kept a tally of who gave a firm no, and who seemed to be a little more on the squishy side. The ones who gave a firm no should still get phone calls, mind you, to make sure they don’t change their position. But it’s the squishy ones who really need our attention. Here’s the tally:

I only put someone down in the “no” column if the response I got from the office was a firm no. Any wavering or talk of compromise and bipartisanship got them in the “squish” column. So, here are the senators currently planning on voting no:

  • Jeff Sessions
  • Kit Bond
  • Jon Kyl
  • John McCain
  • Mike Johann
  • John Ensign
  • Richard Burr
  • Tom Coburn
  • James Inhofe
  • Mike Crapo
  • James Risch
  • Jim DeMint
  • Lindsay Graham
  • Sam Brownback
  • Pat Roberts
  • John Thune
  • Jim Bunning
  • Mitch McConnell
  • Bob Corker
  • David Vitter
  • Robert Bennett
  • John Barrasso

    Now, just because they’re saying they oppose it right now doesn’t mean that decision is carved in stone, so don’t hesitate to continue contacting them. Let them know you support their decision and tell them that they’re doing the right thing. Encourage them. Be nice.

    Now, for the rest of the group.

    These are the people whose votes are liable to change, along with any notes I wrote down about my conversations with them.

  • Richard Shelby — I got busy signals on both lines, so I just put him in the squish column.
  • Lisa Murkowski — definite squish; plus, her staffer was a huge asshat on the phone.
  • Thad Cochran
  • Judd Gregg — said he was abstaining from voting.
  • Joe Lieberman
  • Mel Martinez
  • Saxby Chambliss — said he currently opposed it, but was “open to compromise”
  • George Voinovich — voted no in appropriations but is still open to voting for the bill
  • Johnny Isakson
  • Arlen Specter — both of his lines were busy, I never actually got through
  • Richard Lugar
  • Chuck Grassley
  • Roger Wicker
  • Lamar Alexander — likely a “no” vote, but still possibly squishy
  • John Cornyn — no answer on either line
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison — busy on both lines
  • Susan Collins
  • Olympia Snowe
  • Michael Enzi — “leaning towards no”

    So folks, that’s where we stand right now on the positions of the Republican senators. Let’s light up those phones now. You can get their phone numbers here.

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    • Jibreel Riley says:

      I want this to pass so the MSN can shut the (Bleep) up about it. Give them the Maine (R)INO sisters and Murkowski to push this through. When it fails the press will try and turn those (R)’s into a combo of Rush+Reagan+Lincoln = the voice of the GOP however by time they try pulling that scam the New York Times will be reduced to running Shammwow ads on there top folds.

    • Good job — Our Mel Martinez never seems to know what party he belongs to.

      My hope is that this can be delayed long enough to cause BHO to have a screaming public temper tantrum (I think he’s getting close). Gods don’t LIKE to be frustrated.

    • Jeff Goldman says:

      Doing my part here in Texas. Just called Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s Austin office. Talked to a staffer there who said KBH “plans on voting no on the stimulus bill.” Still trying to get through to Cornyn.

    • Nevadaman says:

      I’m not surprised to see Chuck Grassley’s name among the undecided. When I still lived in Iowa we had to hold his feet to the fire on the immigration bill. Chuck never met a piece of pork that he didn’t love, so all Reid has to do is send a few million bucks to Iowa and he’ll have Chuck’s support.
      Now that I’m here in Nevada at least Ensign gives me hope. We all know what a putz Reid is, though. I’ve never been politically active, but I’ll make an exception in 2010 to help defeat Reid. By the way I live in Dean Heller’s district so at least I know my Representative is solid.

    • Kevin says:

      If Judd Gregg is abstaining that is the same as a “Nay” vote.

      And the Coleman/Franken seat is effectively a “Nay” vote for the same reason.

    • Ron S. says:


      is there an email addy for the senate?

    • Lionstone says:

      Hutchinson should be a reliable “no” based on her history, but couldn’t find any public statements on this particular bill.

      Cornyn is a squish lately. He voted for TARPA and caught hell for it, so calling and e-mailing his office should be quite effective in changing his mind this time around.

    • RA says:

      Good work good lookin!

    • Valerie says:

      One great thing about it – this bill will most likely ensure another landslide “turnover” in Congress in 2010. Thanks Dems (and RINOs)!

    • Damiano says:

      Damn fine work, Cassy!

      I found you linked from Ace of Spades HQ. Everyone over there is burning up your list. I just b****slapped Cornyn and Hutchinson. Cornyn is already on my s**t list for supporting Geithner and caving on Billary. He better not come back to Texas if he screws this one up.

      In reward for your excellent efforts, you have a standing offer for all the Val-U-Rite you can drink and a night out on the town doing some hobo hunting whenever you’d like.

    • ex-Democrat says:



      DC PHONE: (202) 224-2523
      DC FAX: (202) 224-2693
      AUGUSTA PHONE: (207) 622-8414
      AUGUSTA FAX: (207) 622-5884


      DC PHONE: (202) 224-5344
      DC FAX: (202) 224-1946
      BOSTON PHONE: (207) 622-8292
      BOSTON FAX: (207) 622-7295


      DC PHONE: (202) 224-2523
      DC FAX: (202) 224-2693
      AUGUSTA PHONE: (207) 622-8414
      AUGUSTA FAX: (207) 622-5884


      DC PHONE: (202) 224-5344
      DC FAX: (202) 224-1946
      BOSTON PHONE: (207) 622-8292
      BOSTON FAX: (207) 622-7295

      —————————————-Let’s roll!

    • Get on everyone's butt! says:

      You should have a list of Democrats as well. Pressure them to change their vote in addition to pressuring Repub. to stand firm. Put the fear of losing re-election and taking the blame into the Dems. At least increase the chances of votes changing by pressuring dems as well

    • Brian Morgan says:

      Thank you for doing the scut work Cassy, already wrote and called my senate creatures for both the wife and I. From here on out, history is tracking.
      Stay well, armed and on the right side while the option is still open.

    • Goat says:

      Richard Shelby is a firm no.

    • arhooley says:

      Thanks for the painstaking work, Cassy! You were linked on Ace of Spades. I e-mailed Gilbrand and I’m heading for more.

    • Todd G says:

      I hate to sound negative, but when was the last time our party and country had to depend on the likes of Arlen Specter, Olympia Snow and Susan Collins to do the right thing and it worked out for us? Having Specter in Pennsylvania makes me so embarassed I actually want to move out of the state.

    • arhooley says:

      Todd G, it could be worse. Think of right-minded folks who live in California or Massachusetts. I happen to be from, eh . . . Oh, say! Look at that unicorn!

    • Knott Buyinit says:

      If America had 60 senators like Jeff Sessions we could sort this mess out, pronto, and the democommies little dog, too…

    • Glad to see my senator, Richard Burr, is against this.

    • Dear Cassy,

      I’ve been calling my senators here in NJ. I don’t know that’ll do much good as they are both democrats. This morning, one of them has closed his office!!!…and his phone mailbox is full! (Menendez)
      The other one (Lautenberg) has some kind of weird problem with his email form – it won’t go through!

      It’s time we held marches on our state capitals.

      Let’s pick a day and time.

    • Marc says:

      I moved to PA in 2006 to escape the People’s Republic of NJ…but at least there, you KNEW you were in a Democrat/Liberal cesspool. I called Specter’s office and informed the harried staffer that unless he BLOCKED the bill, I:

      1. Would never vote for him again
      2. Would actively campaign for his foe in the primary
      3. If Specter won the primary, would actively campaign for the fraking DEMOCRAT. I’d rather have them ruin the country without the RINOs to hide behind.

      She said she’d let the Senator know.

      I’m thinking it won’t do much good, but I had to try.

    • Victor says:

      Alabama Resident here: Sessions is not just a no but a hell no! Not gonna worry about him. Shelby is also a no, but he does sometimes have his nuttier moments which is why his constituents are probably firing up his phone lines.

    • Dave C says:

      Thank you for doing this..

      and I hope you are recovering well after your mind numbing feat of calling the offices of all one hundred Senators. (mind numbing meaning the actual conversations with the staffers in the offices.. 🙂

    • Ironwolf32 says:

      I am from Maine and I have let both Sen. Snowe and Collins know that they will never have my vote again if they vote for this “Generational Theft” bill.

      I only voted for Collins in the past election because her opponent was our former US Rep and liberal weakling Tom Allen. (And yes, he is a weakling because his hand shake is like a infant’s….). I figured that 50% voting with Dem’s was better than 98% voting with Dems like Tom Allen did.

      Marc from PA… your action plan is exactly what I am thinking. I couldn’t have done it any better than you did.

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