August 28, 2006

Mystery Senator Exposed?

Mary Katherine Ham notes this Club for Growth article that Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) may be the "mystery senator" holding up legislation that would create "an online, searchable database to allow taxpayers to investigate all federal spending."

Is she?


Well, she certainly seems to have the right qualifications...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 28, 2006 05:54 PM | TrackBack

She's the mystery senator because she doesn't support the bill? The support for this assertion is a press release from her challenger? Come on. She should support the bill, but I think CFG is jumping to conclusions.

A better candidate is the preciously named Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who will not answer the direct question: Did you place the hold? There's no penalty for saying, No, only praise, and the only reason for refusing to answer is to avoid being called a liar later.

Posted by: angry young man at August 29, 2006 12:50 PM

This just in: according to TPM Muckraker, which is tracking who has denied placing the hold, Stabenow says she didn't. The number of deniers is up to 75.

Also, a recent Senate rule change indicates the Senator who placed the hold must state why for the Congressional Record within three days of placing the hold.

Also according to TPM Muckraker, "Senator Hatch's office said that Senator Hatch supports the bill however if he had placed the secret hold we wouldn't know because it is secret."

I don't think Hatch would do it. He has some prestige. This is type of chicanery a party leader foists on some foolish newbie looking to make some points. Such as Chabliss.

Posted by: angry young man at August 29, 2006 12:56 PM

make that 82 deniers. the noose tightens.

porkbusters has a tally that indicates who hasn't denied placing the hold, but it's not as up to date:

Posted by: angry young man at August 29, 2006 01:02 PM

Heavy betters on other blogs are pointing to Stevens the bridge to nohwhere alaska guy

Posted by: SlimGuy at August 30, 2006 02:45 PM

No, actually it's our distinguished senator from Alaska.

Posted by: clearwaterconservative at August 30, 2006 06:43 PM