Obama Pushback on National Journal Rankings

The Obama campaign is taking serious issue with the National Journal rankings of him as the most liberal Senator in 2007.Spokesman Bill Burton points out that because Sen. Obama was campaigning for much of 2007, he missed 32 out of the 99 votes the NJ used for its rankings.

Of the remaining 67, Obama and Clinton  (who also missed many votes because she was campaigning, as did John McCain, etc), were both there to vote for 65. They voted the same way on 63 of them.On one where they differed, Obama voted with an amendment from Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind - Conn., to create an Office of Public Integrity and Clinton voted against it.    On the other, Obama voted for an amendment from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, allowing "Y" visa holders to stay in the U.S. while renewing their visas, while Clinton -- who has staked out a more conservative position on illegal immigration -- voted against it.And yet somehow he becomes the most liberal Senator, and she the 16th most.Odd."Only in Washington can you get falsely attacked for being like Reagan one week and labeled the most liberal the next," Burton says. "The tendency of Washington to apply a misleading label to every person and idea is just one of the many things we need to change about how things operate inside the Beltway."

What say you?- jpt

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