Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 11, 2013
This morning, the Senate voted 68 to 31 to avert the filibuster of a gun control bill – even though senators have yet to see the Toomey-Manchin language regarding background checks. Here’s how a gleeful Politico took the news:
A “Republican filibuster”?
Tsk, tsk, Politico. Your bias is showing. The need to paint the GOP as obstructionists trumps the need for honesty:
The Senate on Thursday ended a GOP filibuster on a new gun control bill, clearing the way for debate to begin on a hugely emotional issue that has dominated headlines since the tragic December shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Here’s the thing: 16 Republicans voted in favor of cloture:
In a follow-up tweet, Politico writers John Bresnahan and Dan Berman noted that senators split from their party, though their article still called it a “GOP filibuster”:
Sixteen Republicans split with their party leaders and voted Thursday to end the GOP filibuster of gun control legislation and begin what will be a contentious Senate debate on the issue.
Two Democrats split with their party: Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor.
But, somehow, this is a Republican filibuster.
Politico isn’t alone in its disingenousness:
So, if 16 Republicans voted against it, and two Democrats voted for it, how is it a GOP filibuster?
Take note, Politico et al.:
That’s good advice. Now put your bias away and do your jobs.