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alnorth
09-15-2008, 12:45 PM
For those who closely follow politics this probably qualifies as a "well, duh!" type of statement, but for those who are more casual this (the myth that Obama is anything even remotely resembling bipartisan) could be news.

link (http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/sep/15/records-show-mccain-more-bipartisan/)

Sen. John McCain's record of working with Democrats easily outstrips Sen. Barack Obama's efforts with Republicans, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of their legislative records.

Whether looking at bills they have led on or bills they have signed onto, Mr. McCain has reached across the aisle far more frequently and with more members than Mr. Obama since the latter came to the Senate in 2005.

In fact, by several measures, Mr. McCain has been more likely to team up with Democrats than with members of his own party. Democrats made up 55 percent of his political partners over the last two Congresses, including on the tough issues of campaign finance and global warming. For Mr. Obama, Republicans were only 13 percent of his co-sponsors during his time in the Senate, and he had his biggest bipartisan successes on noncontroversial measures, such as issuing a postage stamp in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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since 2005, Mr. McCain has led as chief sponsor of 82 bills, on which he had 120 Democratic co-sponsors out of 220 total, for an average of 55 percent. He worked with Democrats on 50 of his bills, and of those, 37 times Democrats outnumber Republicans as co-sponsors.

Mr. Obama, meanwhile, sponsored 120 bills, of which Republicans co-sponsored just 26, and on only five bills did Republicans outnumber Democrats. Mr. Obama gained 522 total Democratic co-sponsors but only 75 Republicans, for an average of 13 percent of his co-sponsors.

Ultra Peanut
09-15-2008, 12:48 PM
Wow, you mean Republicans are less willing to work with Obama than Democrats are willing to work with a guy who's been hanging out with them for 30 years?

THIS IS TOTALLY MEANINGFUL!

alnorth
09-15-2008, 12:59 PM
Wow, you mean Republicans are less willing to work with Obama than Democrats are willing to work with a guy who's been hanging out with them for 30 years?

THIS IS TOTALLY MEANINGFUL

Incorrect. Many Democrats have no problem working across the aisle. It is more accurate to state that Obama is so ideologically and rigidly partisan, that compromising with Republicans almost never makes sense to him except for meaningless fluff legislation.

Ultra Peanut
09-15-2008, 01:00 PM
Yes, fluff legislation like Obama-Coburn and Obama-Lugar.

**** your games, al.