Debt ceiling: Pure politics?

Courtesy of some guy who goes by the handle Americus Paulytics:

Here’s the count of how many Republican U.S. Senators voted to increase the debt ceiling the last eleven times it’s been done

1997: 55
2002: 31
2003: 50
2004: 50
2006: 51
2007: 26
2008: 34
2008: 33

Then Obama was elected.

2009: 2
2009: 1
2010: 0

Bill Clinton occupied the White House in 1997; George W. Bush lived there the next seven times the Senate voted.  Is there a trend here?

Is  that account of events correct?

Tip of the old scrub brush to Marion Young.

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