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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Obama most Liberal Senator

From the National Journal:

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But NJ's vote ratings are designed to draw distinctions that illuminate the differences among lawmakers. The calculations ranked senators relative to each other based on the 99 key votes and assigned scores in three areas: economic issues, social issues, and foreign policy. (House members were scored in a separate set of rankings. The full results for both chambers will be published in our March 8 issue.)

On foreign policy, for example, Obama's liberal score of 92 and conservative score of 7 indicate that he was more liberal in that issue area than 92 percent of the senators and more conservative than 7 percent. Clinton was more liberal than 83 percent of the senators on foreign policy and more conservative than 16 percent. The ratings do not mean that she voted with liberals 83 percent of the time, or that she was 83 percent "correct" from a liberal perspective.

The ratings system -- devised in 1981 under the direction of William Schneider, a political analyst and commentator, and a contributing editor to National Journal -- also assigns "composite" scores, an average of the members' issue-based scores. In 2007, Obama's composite liberal score of 95.5 was the highest in the Senate. Rounding out the top five most liberal senators last year were Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., with a composite liberal score of 94.3; Joseph Biden, D-Del., with a 94.2; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with a 93.7; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., with a 92.8.
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So, Barack Hussein Obama is to the LEFT of Bernie Sanders, Communist-VT?

Dear God...

Hot Air has more...

Meanwhile, I'm listening to some idiot on Hannity tell us that the evidence of McCain's appeal is the Obama campaign - that people want a change and want to get things done. Well, if I take the most Mstrike>liberal socialistic Senator and have him compete against an unreliable conservative, that doesn't seem like a fair compromise to "move to the center" in my mind.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler