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Tale of Two Senators

As noted in the update to the last staff post, Sen. Olympia Snowe voted for the revised Baucus Bill in the Senate Finance Committee today. To hear Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Snowe just wanted to keep the ball rolling, and didn’t necessarily like a thing about the bill itself.
At the same time, the National Republican Senatorial Committee came out with this blast at Sen. Blanche Lincoln for casting the exact same vote:

“It very troubling that Senator Lincoln went back on her word and decided to vote in favor of a bill that will ultimately shift costs to voters in Arkansas who are still struggling to make ends meet,” said NRSC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand. “Despite her assertions to the contrary, Blanche Lincoln has effectively opened the door with this vote for a government-run program that will come between her constituents and their doctors and potentially cause over 88 million Americans to lose their coverage.”

You don’t have to be Aristotle to understand the logical contradiction between these two spins from the GOP side of the Senate.

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