You are all mostly arguing the left or right position. IT simple... as related to Mikes vote. He voted no.....because his votes wasn't needed. It was a done deal with the votes that were already in place. Thus Mike looks, smells like he sided with the voters of NC..who almost kicked him out of office this past year...almost but did not. Regardless, the state went Republican across the board.... and he knows it. Thus his vote no. His Dem. leadership let him "look good to the folks back home". Simple.
If his vote would have been a tie breaker....it would have been different.
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