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Don’t let me be the one to break this to you (about Obama) July 27, 2008

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It’s easy to spout off what I think of Barack Obama. Let’s take some space and allow others:

Barack Obama missed 287 of 1268 votes (23%) since Jan 6, 2005. (Source: GovTracks.us)

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From the January 24, 2008 edition of The New York Times, by Christopher Wills:

Obama acknowledges that over nearly eight years in the Illinois Senate, he voted “present” 129 times. That was out of roughly 4,000 votes he cast, so those “presents” amounted to about one of every 31 votes in his legislative career.

Illinois legislators often vote “present” and for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes blocs of lawmakers do it as a protest in some dispute over rules and procedures. Obama was often joined in his “present” votes by 10 or 20 other senators.

In other cases, lawmakers do it to signal objections to the details of a measure that they support in principle. They also use “present” votes as strategic moves to defeat legislation or, of course, simply to avoid taking a firm position.

(Spin within the facts, if you ask me)

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But, don’t let me be the one to break the news to you. That was done on Real Clear Politics on February 13, 2007, the day Barack Obama announced his run for president. Let’s give it some space:

“What’s stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions,” Obama said in his announcement speech. But a closer look at the presidential candidate’s record in the Illinois Legislature reveals something seemingly contradictory: a number of occasions when Obama avoided making hard choices.

While some conservatives and Republicans surely will harp on what they call his “liberal record,” highlighting applicable votes to support their case, it’s Obama’s history of voting “present” in Springfield – even on some of the most controversial and politically explosive issues of the day – that raises questions that he will need to answer. Voting “present” is one of three options in the Illinois Legislature (along with “yes” and “no”), but it’s almost never an option for the occupant of the Oval Office.

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And what about Obama’s voting record? NPR reported on January 31, 2008:

The National Journal is out with its 27th Annual vote ratings and it ranked Sen. Barack Obama as the most liberal Senator in the entire Senate. (His first year he was 16th, and last year he was 10th.) But he wasn’t alone in his shift to the left. Sen. Hillary Clinton was 16th herself in 2007 after being 32nd in 2006.

…But the liberal ranking also comes after a prominent British magazine labeled Obama the ideal “conservative” candidate for America, and after several prominent conservative pundits have tossed bouquets his way.

(Say What? No wonder the Euros and Brits love him!)

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Then, there’s Fox News today, July 26, 2008:

“With all the breathless coverage from abroad, and with Senator Obama now addressing his speeches to ‘the people of the world,’ I’m starting to feel a little left out. Maybe you are too,” (Senator John) McCain said in his weekly radio address Saturday.

He continued to jab at Obama for refusing to say the troop surge in Iraq has been a success.

“Senator Obama can’t quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment,” McCain said.

Obama took heat for saying in an interview overseas that he wouldn’t support the troop surge, even if he had another chance to do so.

He later told FOX News there is “no doubt” those troops helped quell violence in Baghdad, but that McCain was just trying to “narrow this debate” to the issue of the surge.

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Really, I try not to conjure up stuff to make someone look bad, but this guy doesn’t leave the door ajar so that we maybe can, maybe can’t, see inside his mind and soul, but he kicks the door open…Stephen King couldn’t conceive of the fiction that is Barack Obama.

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