Poor Lisa. Lisa Murkowski. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). She’s upset. She’s angry. She’s really sorry. Poor, Poor Lisa. It’s not her fault. Someone else made her do it. If it happened to you, wouldn’t it make YOU mad?
You see, Poor Lisa voted for the Blunt Amendment last Thursday, and now she’s upset. You remember the Blunt Amendment, don’t you? It’s the one that would allow any employer to refuse to include healthcare coverage for any condition he or she objects to on moral or religious grounds.
Poor Lisa needs some sympathy. Here, Lisa, will this help?
Poor Lisa wasn’t upset when she voted for the Blunt Amendment, though. It wasn’t until afterwards, when she met up with some of the voters (who had written her name in and elected her after her staff misspelled her name on the ballot). The voters weren’t very happy with her. In fact, they were a wee bit miffed. Poor Lisa, now she is very sorry indeed.
Here’s what Poor Lisa told the Anchorage Daily News:
“I have never had a vote I’ve taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me,” she said.
Got a hanky?
Poor Lisa. She kept making excuses and told the nice newspaper folks all these important things. Things voters need to remember next time she is up for election:
She’s a moderate. [I can tell!] She supports abortion rights and contraception coverage [Of course she does – didn’t she prove that with her vote FOR the Blunt Amendment?]. She also doesn’t line up completely with the Catholic Church when it comes to birth control.
I’m so very glad that what she said when it was no longer important cleared up that confusing vote of hers! Aren’t you?
Because, you see, she’d meant to make a statement about religious freedom. But those silly voters read it as a vote against contraception coverage for women! Against women’s health! Against family planning! Oops!
Imagine that! Imagine a world where someone with a vagina and a vote might just think that this vote against women’s health was a really a vote against women’s rights?????? I tell ya, some voters just want everything.
You see, Poor Lisa just did exactly what the Republican Leadership told her to do, just as she has in every vote she’s cast since she got to the Senate. Republicans are really good at lock-step, every time there’s a vote. Republicans vote in lock-step even when it goes against their own beliefs — and that’s just what Poor Lisa did.
And that’s a huge part of the reason why nothing works in Congress. Republican intransigence.
It’s time. Time for this issue to become a rallying cry for thinking people – a make or break issue. And it’s not just a women’s issue, either.
And you know, the President isn’t going to be the only one on the ballot. And he isn’t the only one who might impact your life.
Photo from TalkingPointsMemo.com (photo credit given on the photo but my eyes can’t read it)