The Senate Democrats are weenies. Why? Because not only did they let the GOP propose an amendment that would cut or restrict NSF funding for political science (and only political science) research, but they let it be a voice vote. What does that mean? We do not have a record of who can be blamed for voting with the forces of ignorance.
double unaccountability to this: (a) political science research is one
way to assess how politicians are doing their jobs [indeed, some of the
opponents of Poli Sci research cite exactly those studies that ponder
whether politicians represent their constituents] so cutting this
undermines accountability; and (b) a voice vote limits our ability to
blame individual Senators.
Brilliant. Democracy in action. No wonder Americans have a great deal of contempt for their national legislature.