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Obama Is 0.6% Less Partisan Than Hillary

How many times has Mr. Obama told us that he will “reach across the aisle” and end the partisan bickering that has crippled Washington, DC for the last generation?

Indeed, it was the subject of discussion on Fox News’ Special Report last night:

‘Special Report’ Panel on Whether Obama Has the Experience to Unite Our Country

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SEN. BARACK OBAMA, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It is true that I am reaching across the aisle and calling for unity and bipartisanship. That is absolutely true. But I’m doing that knowing who I am and knowing who I fight for and knowing what I stand for.

LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R) SOUTH CAROLINA SENATOR: If you want to change things in Washington, you better be willing to look people in the eye who are normally your friends and say “I can’t help you here.” There’s not much of that going on as far as I can tell with Senator Obama.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BRIT HUME, HOST: But as everybody who’s followed politics in Washington in recent years knows, there has been a lot of that going on with Senator McCain, which explains why he is such bad order [sic], or has been a lot of the time, with conservatives and other Republicans… 

To give you an idea of how well this presentation by Barack Obama of how his bipartisan intentions has gone over, look at this poll number from The New York Times and CBS News.

To the question “Can this candidate unite the country?” Obama — 67 to 25 yes for Obama; McCain, narrowly 51 to 39 yes, Hillary Clinton; 34 percent yes, majority no.

So this is music to people’s ears. They love the talk of unity. The polls all show it and have for years. And Barack Obama is now seen, at least, as the man to do it….

Well, as with so many things, Mr. Obama’s rhetoric does not quite match his record.

For in Mr. Obama’s brief stint as a Senator he has been one of the most partisan politicians there.

From the Washington Post’s Votes Database:

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And look at the partisan hacks who just barely beat him out for top honors in the Senate.

Perhaps Mr. Obama will retool his speeches to pronounce that he is 0.6% less partisan than Mrs. Clinton.

But he probably won’t.

That doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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