And the thing is, their votes weren't even necessary. The bill had already been decided. Grisham and the other 11 just cast them to have it on record that they had sided with with the Republicans, knowing, in Grisham's case at least, that she would pay no political cost for it back home in New Mexico where she's free to create her own image because things like this aren't reported and people don't pay much attention to what their legislators are doing.
This is the latest and most egregious example of a pattern Grisham established as soon as she went to Washington, of taking very visible Liberal positions on a few social issues and voting with Republicans on economic issues.
What it amounts to is that she's a Republican who's in favor of abortion and gay marriage, but who cynically runs as a Democrat because it helps her chances of holding public office.
Grisham's net worth has more than doubled in the short time she's been in office to almost a million dollars, last time I checked, according to official forms federal officeholders must file, that are leftovers from a more enlightened, more Liberal era. It will be interesting to discover if there's any link between her conservative voting habits and her mushrooming wealth.