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“Obama voted the liberal position on 65 of the 66 votes in which he participated, while Clinton voted the liberal position on 77 of 82 votes.” So, Clinton voted for the liberal position 77 times, Obama voted for it 65 times, which makes Obama the chamber’s single most liberal member. Got it.
National Journal relies instead on a weird system by which a senator who takes the "liberal" position 95 times out of 100 is somehow less liberal than his colleague who takes the liberal position 48 times out of 50.
All of which is to say that this is philistinism masquerading as social science--it's the U.S. News College Guide of Washington politics. Journalists ought to understand that. And those of conscience ought to ignore it, or lay it bare, but certainly not feed into it.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.
Originally posted by RRconservative
The National Journal has him as #1 most liberal. This is the ranking that Rush Limbaugh referred to. So the cheap shot on Limbaugh listeners was totally uncalled for.
Can you still call BS? Still laying it bare?
I was looking at Obamas voting record and wondering about all those non-votes. Did he not want to take a position? did he have a legitimate reason for not attending? I can understand if he has a fundamental problem with the way a bill is written or he was out on the campaign trail. However, money is being deducted from my paycheck to pay Obamas salary, gas money, car,...God knows what else. At my job I must make decisions, I must be present to make them. If I'm absent or don't make a decision because I don't like the situation, I will be fired.
Originally posted by RRconservative
Can we agree that out of the 2 Senators running for President that Obama is the most liberal? With McCain coming in a close 2nd?
That reality, of course, won't stop conservatives from trumpeting the "most liberal" label throughout the fall campaign. There's one problem, though: The public already believes Obama is a liberal, and he's winning nonetheless. According to a June Rasmussen poll, 67 percent of the public views Obama as liberal (Pew's numbers, from May, were similar). By contrast, in May 2004, only 45 percent viewed Kerry as liberal, and not until October did that figure crack the 50 percent mark. As Nate Silver has put it, the public's reaction to the charge that Obama is liberal appears to be, "Well, no #! We're voting for him anyway." When the electoral fundamentals are as favorable to the Democrats as they are in 2008, conservatives have a steep hill to climb. And so they're working to convince the public not just that Obama is an ordinary liberal, but that he's the single most liberal senator in America. National Journal gave them a great gift. It would be a pity if facts got in their way.
Originally posted by jetxnet
It's because Obama doesn't have an interest in serving you as an American.
If it won't lend to his image or feels it could negate some votes in his run for President, then he didn't stand on it.
He's only been a US Senator for three years and the whole time knew he was running for President.
Now, if Africa or Muslims were somehow part of the bill he was voting for, he was in like Flynn. Look up those votes and you'll see that is true.
The man is proud of his heritage, can’t help but be born to a partly Muslim father
Federal Funding Accountability & Transparency Act (with Tom Coburn and John McCain).
Nuclear Weapons Threat Reduction Act (with Chuck Hagel).
SR 25, Bill regarding Zimbabwe (with Chuck Hagel).
Iran Sanctions Enabling Act (with Sam Brownbeck, Tom Coburn, Susan Collins, Gordon H. Smith, Trent Lott, David Vitter, John Thune, Pat Roberts, Elizabeth Dole, Norm Coleman, Mel Martinez, Olympia Snowe).
Global Poverty Act of 2007 (with Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar, Richard Durbin, Olympia Snowe).
Deceptive Practices & Voter Intimidation Act of 2007 (with Tom Coburn).
SR 1817, regarding proper discharge methods for servicemen with disorders (with Christopher Bond).
National STEM Scholarship Database Act (with Susan Collins, Norm Coleman).
Prevention Through Affordable Access Act (with Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe).