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The Architect Speaks….

Speaking to a group of Republicans at the RNC’s winter meeting, Karl Rove said the following about how the Republicans can beat one Barack Hussein Obama:

Rove made it clear that most Republican attacks on Obama would focus on his “accomplishments and experience.”

“He got elected three years ago, and he [has] spent almost the entire time running for president,” Rove said.

Rove added that Obama has only passed one piece of legislation during his time in the U.S. Senate, and during his time in Illinois state Senate, Obama had “an unusual habit” of voting “present” instead of yes or no.

Rove also said that nonpartisan ratings show that Obama is more liberal than Clinton, which he said is “pretty hard to do.”

Rest of the story is here.

Unfortunately, I have to throw a flag on this one.

I looked on Project Vote Smart and pulled a list of all the bills that Obama has voted on to date. Here’s what I came up with (out of 362 votes):

Not voting/present-103 (28.4%)
No-72 (19.8%)
Yes-186 (51.3%)

Admittedly, voting “present” (or not voting) almost a third of the time is fairly significant. But I’m not sure if “fairly significant” qualifies as “highly unusual.” Especially since we don’t know whether he actually voted “present” or didn’t vote at all. The Washington Post says that Obama “has missed” 166 votes-37.6% during the current session of Congress. Again, don’t know if that’s “missed entirely” or “voted present.”

So, at least to me, Rove’s statement needs a bit of clarification. If the intent is to show that he’s been neglecting his duties as a senator to run for president (an idea which I could support), in all fairness, you’d have to pull the times he actually voted “present.”

On the bills that Obama has authored/co-authored and had passed. Rove claims one, but Obama’s Wikipedia entry shows 2:

1. the expansion of the Nunn-Lugar cooperative threat reduction bill (109th Congress),
2. the Coburn-Obama Transparency Act (109th Congress).

So on this one, Rove is factually wrong.

Not sure what to think of this statement. I see the point that he’s trying to make, and I can’t say that I disagree. And, of course, I’m not an Obama supporter.

But-at least in this instance-the facts don’t really support the conclusion.




Written by Coby Dillard

January 17, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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