Three cheers for LamarI have to send a serious hurrah out to my soon-to-be-Senior Senator Lamar Alexander for actually listening to his constituents today. According to Alexander's own account, literally thousands of Tennesseans have called his office urging him to vote against the terrible Senate version of the immigration reform legislation.
Lamar actually listened to the people who elected him. He was on Knoxville station WVLZ this morning while in the hallway during the Senate vote. Senator Alexander voted NO. In his own words:
"This bill does not go far enough. It does not secure our borders. If I thought it did that, I would vote for it, but it does not."
Alexander also said that he thought the Senate bill had been revised so that it went "a long way" toward those goals compared with earlier versions of the legislation, but that it was simply not good enough for him.
This mentality can be contrasted with that of Bill Frist, who seems to think he can vote in favor of legislation that the overwhelming majority of his constituents will think is terrible and we will all forget this in two years when he runs for President. I can't speak for others, but if Bill Frist is on the ballot in the Tennessee Primary in 2008, he won't be getting my vote.
(Also at Where I Stand)
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
Actually listened when angry constituents called his office.