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Obama 3 Times More Partisan Than McCain

If you have watched any cable news program lately, you have probably heard them or their guests parroting the latest Obama campaign talking point:

John McCain voted with President Bush 100% of the time in 2008!

This claim first came from Progressive Media USA, via Congressional Quarterly:

John McSame

May 27, 2008 12:55 pm posted by Jason Rosenbaum

CQ’s Presidential Support studies try to determine how often a legislator votes in line with the President’s position:

CQ tries to determine what the president personally, as distinct from other administration officials, does and does not want in the way of legislative action. This is done by analyzing his messages to Congress, news conference remarks and other public statements and documents.

So, these studies only track votes when the President has an explicit, stated opinion on a bill.

According to CQ, Senator John McCain has voted with President Bush 100% of the time in 2008 and 95% of the time in 2007:

CQ’s Presidential Support numbers do not include votes that legislators miss – in other words, missing a vote on an issue Bush supported did not lower McCain’s score. Now, it is a well known fact that Senator McCain misses the most votes in the Senate. In fact, he was crowned the most absent Senator in 2008. Therefore, when John McCain even bothered to show up and vote in the Senate – which wasn’t often – he voted with Bush 100% of the time.

John McCain and George Bush believe the same things on virtually every issue – the list of their agreements goes on for pages. But a better judge of a politician’s views is not how he talks, but how he votes. John McCain – when it counted and when he showed up in the Senate to do his job in 2008 – never deviated from George Bush’s position. Not once. 100%.

It’s all there in black and white. John McSame – just like Bush.

This is hilariously mendacious, even for Democrats.

As the article manages to note, Mr. McCain missed the vast majority of votes in the Senate last year.

But while he did only cast a few votes, as can be seen here, Mr. McCain did vote against the Republican Party at least three times. Which is a high percent of the time, given how seldom he did vote.

It’s clear that he went out of his way to return to the Senate to vote on issues of greater importance to him, such as funding for the war in Iraq.

But who is the greater party loyalist? Mr. McCain or Mr. Obama?

As we have noted before, that man who claims ‘to reach across the aisle,’ Barack Obama, is one of the most rabidly partisan members of the Senate.

In fact, according to the Washington Post, Obama is the ninth most partisan — though only fractionally behind eight other Democrats:

Whereas Mr. McCain is tied for 64th most partisan of the 100 Senators.

Click images to enlarge.

Please note that even according to the CQ statistics, in the seven previous years Mr. McCain has voted against his party on average 10.7% of the time.

Meanwhile, in his admittedly brief Senate career, Mr. Obama has only done so 3.5% of the time.

You can see for yourself the vast number of times Mr. McCain voted against his party, compared to the paltry few times Mr. Obama has done so.

(Which is of course one of the facts that has so endeared Senator McCain to our watchdog media, as opposed to the GOP base.)

Maybe we should try to be clever too, and start calling Mr. Obama ‘Barry Reid.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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