Proving they are a petulant bunch, the Senate Republicans today threw up their collective middle finger at conservative activists.David Vitter's amendment to the Financial Deform package would have required an actual audit of the Federal Reserve. The amendment was heavily lobbied for by conservative activists across the country.in fact, so popular was Vitter's amendment that even Senator Bob Benentt declared on Saturday in Utah that he too would support auditing the Federal Reserve.Vitter's amendment died. Bob Bennett voted against it. Senate Republican Leader and Bennett best friend forever Mitch McConnell also voted against it. Jon Kyl of Arizona did too.There is your Senate Republican leadership. As petulant as ever.