Outsourcing bill dies a quiet death
With 53 votes, the legislation didn't come close to beating a filibuster. Maybe that's what the Democrats wanted. They get to go home and say "Republicans filibustered a bill to end outsourcing!" In fact, Robert Gibbs tweeted something near to that moments after the vote.
But I await the evidence that this saves even one seat, or changes even one ballot. There's no way it fires up their supporters more than something that actually would have done some good, like a payroll-tax holiday, or Fair Elections Now, or something real on immigration or energy. It isn't a fight that the Republicans are on the wrong side of and that people would actually pay attention to, like the Bush tax cuts. And it made the Democrats' preferred outcome on the Bush tax cuts less likely.
Oh, and it was a bad bill to begin with. All in all, something less than an inspiring finish in the Senate.
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