Friday, June 10, 2005

Introducing The Senate Weasel Meter

Welcome to the debut of the Yellow Dog Blog's Senate Weasel Meter.

Also know as DINOs (Democrat In Name Only), Democratic Weasels are those who frequently forget what party they belong to and who often lose direction on their moral compass and social conscience.

First, let's get the terminology straight... From


intr.v. wea·seled, also wea·selled wea·sel·ing, wea·sel·ling wea·sels, wea·sels

To be evasive; equivocate.

Phrasal Verb: weasel out (Informal). To back out of a situation or commitment in a sneaky or cowardly manner.

The Yellow Dog Blog's Senate Weasel Meter depicts Democrats who have voted in a downright un-Democratic way on major Senate votes in 2005. These major votes– subject to argument, we're sure – are as follows:

  • Yea vote in confirmation of Alberto R. Gonzales
  • Yea vote for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
  • Nay vote on amendment to Appropriations resolution FY2006, to strike section 201(a)(4) relative to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Nay vote on bill to repeal the tax subsidy for certain domestic companies which move manufacturing operations and American jobs offshore.
  • Yea vote in confirmation of Priscilla Owen
  • Yea vote to end debate on John Bolton and deny Democrats information they had requested.
  • Yea vote in confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown.
  • Yea vote in confirmation of William H. Pryor, Jr
The following is the Yellow Dog Blog list of top Senatorial weasels, so far, in 2005, with the volume of weasels representing the number of bad votes:

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Ben Nelson (D-NE)

Mark Pryor (D-AR)

Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Ken Salazar (D-CO)

Max Baucus (D-MT)

Robert Byrd (D-WV)

Daniel Inouye (D-HI)

I know, what's Byrd doing in here? Sorry. I just count the votes.

You can get a synopsis of each of the weasel-worthy votes shown above here.

These are the Senators we need to watch very closely. As their "weasel count" grows, we may wish to consider shopping around for other candidates when their terms expire.

The Weasel Meter will be updated and posted on or around the first of every month.

Next week: The Senate Top Dog Meter, which similarly tracks Senators who consistently make us proud to be Democrats.