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Clinton Returns to Senate, Doesn't Vote

It's "Hillary Clinton Returns to the Senate Day" here in the Capitol, and the press corps and accompanying cameras responded accordingly by eagerly tracking her into the Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon. Then everyone waited for her to come out. Did she speak? Did she eat? Where did she sit? So many questions ...

Yet while Clinton did come back to the Senate today after a couple of weeks of relaxation following her departure from the presidential race, she didn't manage to make it to the floor for a vote this morning to invoke cloture on the big housing bill pending before the chamber. The motion passed easily anyway, 83 to 9, without Clinton needing to weigh in

Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn't show up either.

Those two will continue the presidential campaign without Clinton, but the silver lining for her is that now she can get to work rebuilding her Senate attendance record. Through last week, Clinton had missed 33 percent of the chamber's votes, putting her fourth in those rankings. McCain remains the solid No. 1, while Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) -- who missed several months recovering from a brain hemorrhage -- is second and Obama is third.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 24, 2008; 3:05 PM ET
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Yep, she's all about the middle class voters! No need to be there for that housing vote, when there were so many other things to do, like eat lunch.

I am just so excited to have her back.

Posted by: Susan | June 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Saw the footage of Hillary ---- "Rolling up her sleeves and getting back to work" ---- at a job she doesn't want. Nice to have a fallback position.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

New York must be feeling used and abused. Then again, what does a Senator do. Eat and crap. My as well try to find some joy in it as there are 8 democrats lined up to challenge her in the PRIMARY. The thing is, she lost the Black Vote. Even a repug could beat her now with no black support. Even Obama himself can't change that.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 24, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Well I didn't support Hillary because she is all about this women thing thats been going on for years now. I can easily tell she has been and still is a full blown feminist. She didn't loose to Obama because of the womens vote or the black vote. She lost because she failed to behave like a lady, instead she tried to play the tuff girl and thats what all those feminist do, Very un-becoming to say the least. If Hillary is to do any good at all for the Democratic Party she clearly needs to go out and woe the real tuff guy's of the country, the single and divorced male's and some of the married male's. We are large in number's and were the one's who know how to bring the ship in during a storm. Hillary give up on the feminist movement and save yourself, its a dying and weak movement, no different then the race card movement, both these movements were the winning hand in the past, now their both weak and they are the losing hands to play.

Posted by: Youth Counselor | June 24, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I will vote for the person who puts America at the top of their priority list.

Obama has always surrounded himself with anti-Americans (one even bombed American buildings)
In contrast, McCain has always put the protection of America first. He spent 5 years in Hanoi prison. When his captors offered to free him because of his long line of military family members (Admirals), his response was 'no' - those who have been here longer should be released first"
For whom to vote shouldn't even be a question

Posted by: Bonnie Wheeler | June 25, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse McCain should be president because he was a POW? Sorry, but while I respect his service, I'm tired of that being shoved down my throat every single minute. This is not 1968--its 2008...lets focus on the relevant issues now. John McCain's service will not improve the economy or help us get out of Iraq successfully

Posted by: John | June 25, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain was a POW like thousands of others. That makes him a victom of war, not a hero.
Had he followed orders and diverted, he probably would not have been shot down. And do we know for sure that he refused to be released from prison because of his high-ranking family? Who exactly can prove that , other than McCain??

Posted by: trudy | June 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Hillery was too busy with her photo ops with her staff. She was trying to act like an average affable human. Didn't work for me.

Posted by: Brinney | June 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

well it seems that 18 million or so Americans disagree with the opinions given above -- other then myself i guess they were all working making a living -- not enough time to post comments to this story. in addition - mr mccain has the worst percentage of being in attendance for the votes. he won arizona in the primary GOP election --- BUT -- with less then 50 percent of the vote in his OWN state of residence. so please please maybe we should have a more balanced perspective.

Posted by: jan | June 25, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well! Why wouldn't Hillary want to go back to "work"? She get's an amazing salary, along with all the perks, and still can't make it to the floor to vote? She has all these millions and can't afford to pay her vendors? Don't say too much about her handling any kind of economy, State or Federal! I hope she never runs for another office. I am an older, white woman, and think it was disgraceful how she behaved during the campaign!
So McCain shows up and votes? I give him an A for that, and an F for the way he treated his first wife! What a guy!! I am sick of the POW stories too! Oh yeah, lets vote for McCain and get another hundred years war.

Posted by: Sharon | June 25, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

You did not note that neither Obama nor McCain cared enough to vote, either.
Not 1 of them deserves the Presidential seat! Was there ever a Presidential election in which the vote was 0 - 0? This could , & should, be the 1st time.

Posted by: afed27 | June 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama said.... to some die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters who had questions about his abilities to lead and his well-established misogynist credentials (see Yutube's mega hit": Obama Gives Hillary the F!nger!" and his anthology of Barack-dumps-the-ladies sexist statements!)...."you'll get over it"!

Well, come November Barack baby will have gone a long way to seeing the Light from the 18 million cracks on the DNC ceiling. Gee, maybe he and Azelord will take a gender-sensitivity course! (Johnny McCave's a bit too old and wiser)

Come November the bitter medicine will be delivered to this smug arrogant empty suit who reminds one of Peter Seller's masterpiece "Being There". Barack's the perennial Chancey the Gardener--empty suit mistaken for presidential material....

Posted by: pat | June 25, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What's Barack doin' these days? Eating and smokin' up...He's listening to that damned "Puff the Magic Dragon" sung by Larry sinclair & the Axelrods, that synchronized duet that almost appeared on stage with teh Barack in N.C. giving Hill the finger---just sasw it on the youtube! Great!
Barack should apply to SNL for a rapper-comedian's job...he can crap on women all he wants...and get away with it...a bit like the Primary, eh!

Obama's cousin Odinga is a Sharia Law advocate (his thugs burned churches nad raped villages, 500,000 homeless in Dec) and Barack gave him $100,000 last year when he went there to help campaign for this thug! Is Odinga a reference on the Obama anorexic resume? Wondering....

Posted by: happiestdoginN>Y | June 25, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

So, since Obambi spent so much time there and $$money helping couz last year (see Dog above) why not? After he loses big time to the Older Neanderthal McCave!

Obama = "Bush-Lite"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Barry Barry on the Wall....who's the Fairest of Them All....

I am! I am the Best! I know everything there's to know. Trust me. I'm O'Bambi! and as for the ladies....I can take them....or I can leave them....ugh....

Megalomaniac for Pres. '08

P.s. Quadaffi Endorses Obama

Posted by: pat | June 25, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there seem to be a lot of GOP bigot-babble rocks getting kicked over on this thread! All manner of sick-minded critters scurrying off to hide in the dirt....

At least WASH your sheets before you go parading around in them on the Internets.

Posted by: Luise of the Phoenix | June 26, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

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