December 05, 2012
The Senate Soils Its Pants

Well, only 37 Republican members of it did. The 38th was Louisiana’s Diaper Dave Vitter. Still, it was enough to shame the United States in the eyes of the world. And yet these 38 despicable men didn’t even have the customary excuse of political cowardice; doing the decent thing would have cost them no more than a handful of votes at home. No, they were acting out of principle. Which ought to tell you something.

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, his 89-year old body now weakened by age, illness and war injuries, sat quietly in a wheelchair on the Senate floor Tuesday, watching the debate over a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.

He may have recalled an earlier time.

More than 43 years ago, Dole delivered his first speech on the very same floor — on disability rights. Later, as one of the most powerful members of the Senate, he pushed through the Americans with Disabilities Act, a measure designed to protect citizens grappling with accidents and disease.

Now he had come the Senate floor, perhaps for the last time, to persuade lawmakers to adopt a treaty supporters said would extend disability protections around the world…

Only 61 senators voted for the treaty, officially known as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Sixty-six votes were needed for passage.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 05, 2012 12:33 PM
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... 38 despicable men ...

Actually, 37 despicable men and one despicable woman (Hutchinson)

Posted by: Tim on December 5, 2012 2:37 PM

My apologies to the despicable Gentlewoman from Texas. While I'm at it, you might want to check out the Rude Pundit's potty-mouthed and ill-tempered screed on the same subject:

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on December 5, 2012 3:09 PM

Here is a message to all of these monsters. Stay the hell away from "curb-cut" Massachusetts. Thank you.

Posted by: Pat In Massachusetts on December 6, 2012 4:47 AM

lulz JD I knew you would want to set the record straight!

The Rude One's site is almost always my first stop of the day, even though he usually hasn't posted until later. In fact, I found this site and many others from his links.

Posted by: Tim on December 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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