In the past this blog has criticized Senator George Voinovich when he backed the party line in the United States Senate even though such actions hurt Ohio's working class families. Therefore, we owe to him to note that when the cloture vote came up in the Senate on June 26, 2008, he voted to end the Republican filibuster of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. The cloture vote failed by two votes, 58 to 40. As a result there is the possibility of a 10% cut in physician fees paid by Medicare.
Interestingly Bush promised to veto the bill if it would have got past the filibuster. John "McSame" McCain was not present when this vote took place. Only two Senators missed this vote. One was Ted Kennedy, who has brain cancer, and the other was McSame, who is running for president.
Apparently McSame hasn't been around for a Senate vote since about April of this year. Apparently he thinks that running for President means he doesn't have to represent the people of Arizona in the Senate. Note, however, that Obama, who is also running for President was in the Senate and voted to end the filibuster. We wonder if the mainstream media will ever decide to examine Obama's and McSame's voting record for 2008 to see how often each of them was in the Senate. Now that would be a interesting story.