Byron York

-- On Nov. 17, 2004, Reid voted "present" and Durbin voted against a bill to bring the total debt to $8.184 trillion.

-- On March 16, 2006, Reid, Durbin and Obama voted against a bill to bring the total debt to $8.965 trillion.

-- On Sept. 27, 2007, with the Senate back in Democratic hands, Reid and Durbin voted to increase the national debt to $9.815 trillion. Obama, running for president, did not vote.

-- On July 26, 2008, Reid and Durbin voted to increase the national debt to $10.615 trillion. Obama did not vote.

-- On Oct. 1, 2008, Reid, Durbin and Obama voted to increase the national debt to $11.315 trillion.

-- On Feb. 13, 2009, Reid and Durbin voted to increase the national debt to $12.104 trillion.

-- On Dec. 24, 2009, Reid and Durbin voted to increase the national debt to $12.394 trillion.

-- On Jan. 28, 2010, Reid and Durbin voted to increase the national debt to $14.294 trillion.

The point of this is not to show that Reid and Durbin are uniquely partisan, although the partisan pattern of their votes is unmistakable. Others are partisan, too; until the new debt deal, the Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell, voted to increase the debt limit when Republican George W. Bush was president and against increasing the debt limit when Democrat Barack Obama was president. The point is that leaders who have voted along strictly partisan lines might want to think twice before denouncing others as partisan.


Byron York

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner