I can’t believe this. It should have been unanimously defeated. Three Democrats even voted for it. Here are the details.
Fifty votes needed to defeat it, and it got 51. Olmypia Snowe was the only Republican who voted against it. Her Maine colleague, Susan Collins, went along with the rest of the Republicans. Group think is important among Republicans. There are always a few Democrats who stray, in this case three.
Olympia voted against it because, having chosen to retire, she is free, free at last to vote her conscience.
And then there’s that fascistic pig, Rush Limbaugh. He calls a law student a “slut” for wanting contraception available. How 19th century can you get? And have any Republicans repudiated Rush? No. I guess he and Grover Norquist are the voices of the Republican party.
Here’s an excellent NYT editorial on the narrow defeat of the Blunt amendment.