In our continuing coverage of the act of hypocrisy by which most congressional Republicans voted against a debt limit measure they were (we are told) insanely favoring as crucial to the country, Roll Call‘s Niels Lesniewski has come up with the Senate clerk’s talley sheet for the cloture vote on the bill. It seems six Republicans senators switched their votes from “nay” to “yea” as the vote was proceeding, which is an unusually very high number.

All six, of course, as well as the other six Republicans who voted “yea” from the get-go, sneaked back across the aisle to vote against the debt limit bill’s actual passage, even as stories were being written hailing them for their extraordinary maturity in doing the right thing for the economy.

The more I learn about how this deal went down, the less I agree with the idea it was a positive watershed.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.