On Sunday's "This Week", Obama ally Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., signaled her support for the $410-billion omnibus budget bill the president signs today, despite her disdain for earmarks.
"Well, I have done everything I can possibly do to reject the process of funding -- funding projects through earmarks. I vote against earmarks when I get the chance, as long as we're voting against all of them, and I've dropped another bill to reform the process even further this week," McCaskill told me on Sunday. "But I don't think I can sit on the sidelines on every budget, though, because I've got to tell you, George, you talk about a habit that's deeply ingrained and a culture that's very hard to get rid of, these guys love these earmarks."
The senator made the same argument back in Missouri over the weekend.
So why did McCaskill vote "no" last night? I asked her today via Twitter.
Thirty minutes later ... this "tweet" from the senator:"George S.:Ultimately just couldn't do it. Not just earmrks tho, also increase in spendng(8%too much)& failure to reconcile $ with stimuls." Fair enough.
By Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also had a couple of spare votes that weren't certainly there on Sunday. So he didn't have to ask McCaskill to take one for the team.