Nonpartisan avatar of hope and healing somehow has most liberal voting record in Senate

posted at 3:55 pm on January 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

In case you were wondering why his message is 10 parts gassy “change” to every one part specific policy proposals, here’s why. So successful has the Messiah been in focusing attention on his own charisma, oratory, and “narrative” and away from his actual record that even 20% of the readership of a site like this is willing (momentarily) to vote for him over McCain. How doctrinaire is he? He’s to the left of Russ Feingold. And moving leftward every year relative to his colleagues: He was the 16th-most liberal senator in 2005, 10th-most in 2006, and number one with a bullet now. Election year pandering to outflank Hillary among the base or is he really “evolving” in office, as the left likes to say of politicians who drift this way? Whatever the answer, it ain’t good. In fairness, he’s only very marginally worse than Hillary, the difference coming in her commendable willingness to take a hard-ish line on the Revolutionary Guard. Pick your poison:

Overall in NJ’s 2007 ratings, Obama voted the liberal position on 65 of the 66 key votes on which he voted; Clinton voted the liberal position 77 of 82 times. Obama garnered perfect liberal scores in both the economic and social categories. His score in the foreign-policy category was nearly perfect, pulled down a notch by the only conservative vote that he cast in the ratings, on a Republican-sponsored resolution expressing the sense of Congress that funding should not be cut off for U.S. troops in harm’s way.

“Perfect liberal scores” will be a nice talking point this summer when it comes time to remind independents that his oft-stated willingness to listen to conservatives carries the footnote of never, ever voting with them. The MoveOn endorsement can’t be far behind. As for our own nonpartisan avatar of hope and change, he didn’t cast enough votes this year to qualify for a ranking. But if you missed last year’s scorecard, have a look at the 20-year trend. McCain wasn’t always Maverick, but he is now.


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Don’t question the Messiah!

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Well, Knock me over with a feather!

Not that he is a total socialist… That’s a given.

I’m just very surprised he has actually showed up to vote at all. He has been running for President constantly since the day he was sworn in to the Senate.

LegendHasIt on January 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Nonpartisan avatar of hope and healing somehow has most liberal voting record in Senate

Will it matter if he is the nominee?

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 4:04 PM

But if you missed last year’s scorecard, have a look at the 20-year trend. McCain wasn’t always Maverick, but he is now.

Thank you… Can we please stop peddling this “McCain’s got an 80% conservative voting record” fable now?

Lehosh on January 31, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Uh… What happened to the comment that was above mine? Disappearing comments?? Weird…

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 4:06 PM

So successful has the Messiah been in focusing attention on his own charisma, oratory, and “narrative” and away from his actual record that even 20% of the readership of a site like this is willing (momentarily) to vote for him over McCain.

I’d rather America be deceived by a Liberal than a cowardly moderate. At least America will know it was a liberal who screwed this country. If McCain wins they’ll blame conservatives even though McCain isn’t a conservative.

Though I won’t be voting Obama or McCain, I can see the strategy in voting Obama.

CABE on January 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Why couldn’t we have an election where the Dems put up their most liberal guy and the Reps put up their most conservative guy? Instead, it looks like were going to get two liberals.

jaime on January 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Maybe Obama is worth defeating in November.

dedalus on January 31, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Was he around enough to vote? I thought he was running for president during all of 2007.

cannonball on January 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Uh… he has a voting record? Who knew! I thought he’d been too busy campaigning for President to vote for anything.

Lehuster on January 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Cannonball, great minds think alike! =D

Lehuster on January 31, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Still wont vote for McCain.

therightwinger on January 31, 2008 at 4:11 PM

DUH….who didn’t know that already. He voted for an abortion to be legal after the baby was delieverd while in the Illinois State Senate!

azcop on January 31, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Did somebody remove my post????? I am so embarrassed. Why was it removed. Blue lips are just odd, is all…

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Obama was in Phoenix yesterday. He had 13,000 people at his rally.

Who else is pulling those numbers?

bnelson44 on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Thank you… Can we please stop peddling this “McCain’s got an 80% conservative voting record” fable now?

Lehosh on January 31, 2008 at 4:05 PM

No kidding. The last time McGrudge got over 80% was in 1994 (hmm) and the last time he got over 70% was in 1997 – ten years ago for those in Rio L.

2004, 2005, 2006— in the 50’s!

RushBaby on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

@ azcop on January 31, 2008 at 4:12 PM

I am sure that was only for the ugly babies.

muyoso on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

muyoso — did you take a gander at RP’s numbers in the chart?

RushBaby on January 31, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Sean Hannity just announced he’s voting for Romney.

amerpundit on January 31, 2008 at 4:18 PM

muyoso on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Good thing abortion was illegal when he was born then

azcop on January 31, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Did somebody remove my post????? I am so embarrassed. Why was it removed. Blue lips are just odd, is all…

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Uh… I’m going to make a wild guess that it was the all caps and swearing, duder.

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Mumoloch Hussein Ubama wants universal health care except for survivors of botched abortions.

ninjapirate on January 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

OMG! And we think SS, medicare, medicaid is out of control now?

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

The MoveOn endorsement can’t be far behind.

Here’s hoping. (And it’s hope one of BHO’s Three Big Words: ChangeHopeUnity). When will the Code Pink endorsement drop? That will be extra sweet. The Pinksters hate HRC so they’ll have to go for the Messiah. Then some 529 can wrap that big pink albatross around Barry’s neck.

His Worship will be labeled the Most Liberal, Pink, pacifist gasbag who never had a real job. The dems may actually lose this thing.

Vote Sauron 08 on January 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

The dems may actually lose this thing.

The Repubs may too if we get McCain.

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Obama seems like a great guy. A guy you’d like to drink a beer with.. But…….he is a perfect symbol for the left’s desire to relive the 1960s in that they are comparing him with JFK etc. And that Iraq is another Vietnam and a quagmire. I would like to win the war on terror. The bottom line is that he is just another whiny, appeasing, defeatist liberal who would surrender our country to the UN. I don’t think I’d have more than one beer with any whiny and defeatist liberal. Cheers!

Travis1 on January 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

I don’t think I’d have more than one beer with any whiny and defeatist liberal. Cheers!

LOL!

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

“avatar of hope and healing somehow has most liberal voting record in Senate”

Yes, but nobody cares. Or it’s precisely why his minions do care. Either way, on the primary stage, his strength with the idolizing masses lies more with his being undefined, than defined.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Yep, he’s a total socialist all right.

He’ll also clean McCain’s clock if he gets the nomination. The media will portray him as a moderate on policy. They’ll focus on the fact that he’s younger, fresher, and much more charismatic than St. John. And meanwhile, all the help McCain has received from the MSM during the primary season (effectively negating his lack of fund raising) will vanish into thin air. The media that he empowered with McCain-Feingold will turn on him with a viciousness neither he nor his supporters can see coming for their own blindness due to the polls that tell them what they want to hear about a McCain-Obama matchup.

Mark my words, if it comes down to a McCain-Obama matchup, get ready to start calling him “President Messiah”.

But, at least as a consolation prize, McCain will have yet another prominent Democrat to whom he can reach across the aisle.

thirteen28 on January 31, 2008 at 4:25 PM

.

Either way, on the primary stage, his strength with the idolizing masses lies more with his being undefined, than defined.

Perfectly said locomotivebreath! At some point he will have to discuss the nitty gritty of the issues and stop making what he thinks are these inspirational MLK speeches.

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 4:27 PM

McCain will have yet another prominent Democrat to whom he can reach across the aisle.

thirteen28 on January 31, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Since McCain is on their side of the isle most of the time, he won’t have to reach far unless he’s reaching back over to the Repub side to slap another conservative in the face!

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Obama’s just Jimmy Carter with a tan. He’ll be an even bigger disaster as president than Carter was.

AZCoyote on January 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Mr. hollowpoint, it did not contain a single swear word and was not all caps.

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Geez, I always knew the guy was an ultra-liberal.

I want him to win the nomination, not because I agree with him, but because Hillary! must be stopped at any cost.

Even if that cost is an Obama presidency.

I would love to get back to a time when I could disagree with someone without being called “full of hate” or “angry”.

I think I’ll disagree with Obama a lot, but he’ll probably keep his cool about it.

We have one last chance to come together though…

Don’t fear the plastic man – Go Romney!

Dorvillian on January 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

anything that helps give the Dems the whitehouse while they have the congress, given the state of the world. is crazy….

jp on January 31, 2008 at 4:47 PM

bloggless,

Were you the one with the first post in the thread?

Weebork on January 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

But if you missed last year’s scorecard, have a look at the 20-year trend. McCain wasn’t always Maverick, but he is now.

His ACU lifetime rating is 82

Its obvious I think, he’s played a political positioning game and used the libs(to some degree) to put him in the popular position he now is in. How conservative he actually is, I think is anyone’s guess. But much more so than obama/hillary, and I’m sick of the “There is no difference between McCain and Hillary” talking points.

jp on January 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Wee,
Yes, I was. What’d I do?????

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Mr. hollowpoint, it did not contain a single swear word and was not all caps.

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 4:42 PM

My mistake; saw one a bit ago and assumed that was the one.

Hollowpoint on January 31, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Barack Obama, Hopelessly Liberal.

Who said an old catchphrase from Al D’Amato wouldn’t come in handy again?

BrianBoru on January 31, 2008 at 4:58 PM

I’m just very surprised he has actually showed up to vote at all.

If I recall correctly, NJ’s methodology is such that those who don’t show up are pushed towards the more liberal numbers. That’s why Kerry was a #1 liberal during the last election, and it’s why Obama is #1 now. Granted, if they weren’t liberal already, they wouldn’t have been within striking range of #1, but it’s the absences that pushed them over the top.

Can we please stop peddling this “McCain’s got an 80% conservative voting record” fable now?

NJ’s methodology is not the Gold Standard of measurements of conservatism. These numbers are not objective test scores but instead subjective combinations of numbers, so different methods get different numbers. Ron Paul fans would balk that someone who wants to scale back American government to 1890s levels would be seen as “least conservative,” but that’s what he is according to NJ. Your mileage may vary.

calbear on January 31, 2008 at 5:01 PM

What? No one heard his speech when Kennedy endorsed him?

That should have tipped everyone off.

madmonkphotog on January 31, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Second look at no one!

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM

I think his voting record is even more liberal than Kucinich if memory serves.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM

An interview with Mr. Obama –

Interviewer: Mr. Obama, could you state your position on the economy?

Mr. Obama: Our economy needs change.

Interviewer: And that change would be?

Mr. Obama: The need for change is subject to change. Any formulation of a position at this time could necessarily change.

Interviewer: Mr. Obama, could you state your position on Iraq and on Afghanistan and the presence of American forces?

Mr. Obama: Our foreign policy needs change.

Interviewer: And that change would be?

Mr. Obama: Once again, although a change is needed, the type of change could change. Depending upon the changing variables consistent with foreign policy matters.

Interviewer: Mr. Obama, what about our border with Mexico?

Mr. Obama: Our policy on the border needs change. The border itself might not need to change, although that is subject to change, if change is necessary. What is or isn’t necessary is fluid and, therefore, subject to change.

Interviewer: Thank you, Mr. Obama.

[The American people, swayed by charisma, charm and a smile, and sensing the need for change, vote in Obamalot – and go back to chewing their cud in the fields]

OhEssYouCowboys on January 31, 2008 at 5:19 PM

But come on, he’s so pretty! That’s not the smile of a commie!

Any independent that lets out a girlish squeal when he says “Change!” or “Hope!” needs to realize that in Obama they’re seeing Che Guevara in an expensive suit.

Next to him, McCain looks like William F. Buckley.

Pope Linus on January 31, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Ron Paul fans would balk that someone who wants to scale back American government to 1890s levels would be seen as “least conservative,” but that’s what he is according to NJ. Your mileage may vary.

calbear on January 31, 2008 at 5:01 PM

paul isn’t conservative, his a paleo-libertarian. His ratings by the ACU are similar to the NJ. As are McCain’s.

jp on January 31, 2008 at 5:45 PM

I want him to win the nomination, not because I agree with him, but because Hillary! must be stopped at any cost.

why? She’s much more conservative than Obama. Are you just motivated by HDS?

crr6 on January 31, 2008 at 6:26 PM

So successful has the Messiah been in focusing attention on his own charisma, oratory, and “narrative” and away from his actual record that even 20% of the readership of a site like this is willing (momentarily) to vote for him over McCain.

Well I think we all realize that the media created the Messiah, and this new “revelation” won’t change anything, because the media wants to save their creation and will bury this. But they’ll sure dig up some photos of a smiling Obama surrounded by a bunch of white college zombies holding “change” signs and it will be so moving, as it always is. Gag! Morons.

RightWinged on January 31, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Lehosh

The American Conservative Union says J-Mac has an 82.3% lifetime conservative rating.
acuratings.org

jgapinoy on January 31, 2008 at 6:52 PM

RRRAAAAACCCCIIIISSSSMMMMM!!!!onenine19!!!

You’re criticizing Obama. You must be in the KKK.

And by criticizing, I meant linking to his voting record.

Good Lt on January 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

jp on January 31, 2008 at 5:45 PM

You miss my point: I’m not saying that the NJ should have called Paul conservative. I’m saying that different criteria for judging how votes (and absences from votes) translate into how “conservative” or “liberal” a person is are deeply subjective. If McCain votes against what you believe, that’s one thing. But seeing a number on a scorecard proves nothing unless your beliefs line up precisely with those formulating the score (right down to your beliefs on what “absent” means).

calbear on January 31, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Obama’s demonstrably a hard Leftist–worse than Hillary. He’s not voted once on a bi-partisan basis. If you vote for him you’re a douchebag.

ahem on January 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

All of you clowns who like to praise Obama can go eff yourselves. This story is hilarious, and one can only hope that the GOP nominee will run a commercial with these numbers once every 10 minutes for four months before the election.

We are not going to put the most liberal Dem douche in the Senate into the Oval Office.

Jaibones on January 31, 2008 at 9:30 PM

By Gadfrey, I’m getting sick of that 82% ACU rating being touted as something good. There are some Democrats that are close to that.

Most of the Senators that we conservatives consider to be good to mediocre are in the high 90s, and quite a few are rated 100%.

Of the currently sitting Senators there are 38 who have higher lifetime ratings, and 45 who have higher 2006 ratings. McCain’ is only 65% in 2006…. And that was before his Kennedy-Shamnesty and Shamnesty- Lieberman bills hit the table. And that is just in the Senate. If you include the House, there ARE several Democrats with higher ratings.

I wish I could find a link to the ACU rating archives, which are even more illuminating, but here is the link to the current ones:

http://www.acuratings.org/2006senate.htm

McCain would be well below some Senatorial democrats if he hadn’t actually been a pretty strong conservative 15 – 20 years ago. He has gone down hill Leftward pretty badly.

So you guys touting his ACU rating better hope that people are too lazy to actually check to see what that really means. Fortunately for you, and unfortunately for the Nation, most people will remain ignorant.

LegendHasIt on January 31, 2008 at 10:52 PM