Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Baker's Dozen of Republican Senators Headed for Tea Party Trouble with START Vote

The Senate passed the START treaty today by a 71-26 vote.

13 Republicans voted for the ill advised treaty.

Here's the list, as well as an assessment of their political future:

Alexander, Tenn -- not up for re-election until 2014
Bennett, Utah -- defeated in 2010 primary
Brown, Mass -- the best conservatives can hope for from Massachusetts
Cochran, Miss -- the tea party will find a primary challenger
Collins, Maine -- not up for re-election until 2014
Corker, Tenn -- overconfidently predicted he won't face a tea party challenge in 2012. Sounds like a challenge to me. The Tennessee tea parties may take him up on this.
Gregg, N.H -- retired
Isakson, Ga
Johanns, Neb
Lugar, Ind -- confident he won't face a 2012 challenge. We'll see!
Murkowski, Alaska -- likely re-elected in 2010. Not up again until 2016.
Snowe, Maine -- rumors of tea party challenge in 2012, but no credible challenger in site.
Voinovich, Ohio -- retired

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