October 30, 2013 3:14 am -

These senators, each of whom voted with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling, have now voted to “disapprove” of their votes.

The vote Tuesday was a symbolic “resolution to disapprove” of the debt limit hike. It was mandated by the deal thanks to a last-minute provision inserted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The motion failed 45-54 because all Democrats opposed it.

Even if it passed Congress, it wouldn’t have stopped the debt limit hike because President Obama could veto the measure. The purpose was to give these senators the chance to say they disapprove of a deal they voted for.

Put another way, they can go back to their constituents and try to have it both ways: They’ll say they voted to raise the debt limit but don’t agree with voting to raise the debt limit.