As the government shutdown looms — just minutes left! — several Senate Democrats in red states have decided they aren’t willing to join their colleagues in voting against the continuing resolution, and allowing CHIP funds to expire and the government to shutdown.
Democrat defectors include newly-minted Sen. Doug Jones (Alabama), as well as Sen. Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N. Dakota), Sen. Joe Donnelly (Indiana), and Sen. Joe Manchin (W. Virginia).
As we reported earlier, polling shows that voters are not inclined to blame this shutdown solely on Republicans. To be fair, poll respondents spread the blame around, but Senators who have to win the approval of right-leaning voters are likely more concerned than most about the risk their party will shoulder the blame.
So, here’s a theme song for them, courtesy of Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
Brave Democrats ran away.
Bravely ran away, away.
When a shutdown reared its ugly head,
They bravely turned their tail and fled.
Yes, brave Democrats turned about
And gallantly they chickened out.
Swiftly taking to their feet,
They beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the brave, Senate Ds!
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