Wow! Just when you thought it wasn’t safe to wander through the well of the Senate after dark, these guys do the right thing. Alas, they are leaving the club.
Sens. John Warner and Pete Domenici, two senior Republicans not seeking re-election this year, made certain that Democrats narrowly passed their budget, 48 to 45, because they exercised old-fashioned senatorial courtesy.
The two most senior Democratic senators, Robert Byrd and Edward M. Kennedy, were not present for the vote because of illness. Warner and Domenici gave them “live pairs” — not voting in order to negate the absence of the Democrats. If Sen. John McCain (the only absent Republican) had been there and Warner and Domenici had voted, the budget would have failed on a 48 to 48 tie.