Don’t believe the media hype about how this possible 2008 presidential contender is supposedly a ‘mainstream’ (read: middle of the road) candidate. He’s not. Ian Bishop at the NY Post has the details not only on a “questionable” 2005 land deal involving the Senator and a shady political fund-raiser, but on his very liberal voting record as well:
In the Senate, Obama’s liberal voting record belies the centrist themes he strikes on the stump.
The liberal lobbying group Americans for Democratic Action gives Obama a 100 percent voting rating – 5 points to the left of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who gets a 95 percent grade.
Obama backed a withdrawal of troops from Iraq, supported international funding for groups that provide abortion, and opposed reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
And a Congressional Quarterly review found Obama has a near-perfect partisan voting record, casting his lot with the Democratic Party line 97 percent of the time – higher than Clinton and dead even with Sen. John Kerry (Mass.).
Here’s the Americans for Democratic Action’s 2005 report on the 109th Congress where, sure enough, Obama garnered a 100% rating from them. To them, he is a “Senate Hero” where he joins other notable liberal Senators:
Levin, C. (D-MI)
Reed, J. (D-RI)
Reid, H. (D-NV)
Salazar, K. (D-CO)
He’s more liberal than Kennedy? *Shivers*
Here’s more on Obama’s liberal voting record, courtesy of Larry Kudlow.
Don’t fall for the media hype. Obama’s got the likability factor going for him – but not much more.