Sen. Barack Obama has missed the most votes of any Democratic presidential hopeful in the Senate over the last two months, including a vote on an Iran resolution he has blasted Sen. Hillary Clinton for supporting.
Sen. Barack Obama makes a campaign stop at Iowa State University on Saturday.
The Illinois Democrat has missed nearly 80 percent of all votes since September.
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Obama missed a vote on a resolution that declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, an elite part of the Iranian military, a terrorist organization. He has criticized Clinton for voting for it, saying it would give President Bush a "blank check" to invade Iran.
Nothing personal against Sen Obama either way - my vote isn't going to him anyway - nor to Madame Hillary - but interesting how he can blast away at Sen Clinton and miss the boat himself.
HaHa! Ain't it the truth.
And should Hillary get the nomination, Obami-Wan Kenobi will be her best friend hoping for a cabinet post.
Here's a somewhat related funny story...
A Japanese doctor says, "Medicine in my country is so advanced
that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have
him out looking for work in six weeks."
A German doctor says, "That is nothing. We can take a lung out
of one person put it in another, and have him out looking for work in
A British doctor says, "In my country medicine is so advanced
that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and
have both of them out looking for work in two weeks."
The American doctor, not to be outdone, interjected, "You guys
are way behind. We are about to take a woman with no brains, send her to
Washington where she will become President, and then half the country
will be out looking for work."
Diamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 66 Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1152 times:
" .. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the only presidential candidate in Congress to have missed a major vote on the Iraq war this year, and his absences are not sitting well with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). .. "
" .. If McCain misses the next three votes -- the $2.9 trillion fiscal 2008 budget is likely to be voted on this afternoon -- he will officially have been absent for 50 percent of the more than 170 roll calls held in the chamber so far in the 110th Congress. .. "
" .. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., has been playing an awful lot of hooky these days. Last month, he missed more than half of his Senate roll call votes, according to AbsentCongress.org, a Web site launched Thursday that tracks senatorial absenteeism.
Brownback showed up 48 percent of the time. As a presidential hopeful, he probably has his hands full. Yet rival senators who are also moonlighting as '08 contenders have higher attendance records -- though the campaign season remains young. .. "
" .. Leading the 110th Congress in absences is Republican Senator John McCain, who has managed to miss a staggering 52 percent of votes since Congress took session in January. This means that McCain was absent for 206 of the 396 votes cast this session. Not far behind are Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd and Barack Obama, missing 32.6 percent and 31.8 percent respectively, while Hillary Clinton rounds out the group of presidential hopefuls with a lean 16.2 percent of votes missed .. "
Myself if your going to run for a different job you should have to give up the one you currently have. I mean in what other industry could you take time from your job and still keep it mind you, all the while you are out trying to get another job other then the one you currently have......
Why, as Diamond pointed out later in this thread, it's happening on BOTH sides of the aisle, something Pep didn't point out. Not that I think Pep was trying to be one-sided, to be honest. He's a straight shooter, but this has been going on for YEARS in national politics.
Quoting 767Lover (Reply 5): I think this is definitely one part of our legislative system that needs to be rehauled. Voting should be mandatory.
Easy way to do that: make Presidential elections publically funded, so candidates don't have to go around the country, like a three-ring circus, raising money. It would eliminate the reach of the ultra-rich and corporate America; it would cut down on this bullshit of the election cycle taking two years, and it would let members spend more time, you know, doing their job? And it might entice better candidates to run, since they won't have to do this dog-and-pony show we see.
Thanks for that . . . McCain ought to be ashamed as well . . .
That said, I don't see McCain tossing barbs at other Senators/Candidates for missing votes or voting a particular way on any topic having not voted himself . . . therein lies the point of the thread.
If McCain does that, he'll get an e-mail from me . . .
Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 10): Not that I think Pep was trying to be one-sided, to be honest. He's a straight shooter, but this has been going on for YEARS in national politics.
Exactly. It goes on everywhere . . . please note I didn't end my Thread Starter with DEMOCTRATIC politics or REPUBLICAN politics - simply Politics.
Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 10): make Presidential elections publically funded, so candidates don't have to go around the country, like a three-ring circus, raising money . . . .
. . . . kissing babies, hugging old people, saying bullshit they don't mean and can't possibly make happen, changing their minds on any given issue depending upon which state (or county) they are in . . . . not able to accept gratuities from the uber-rich, no free jet plane rides here and there . . ..
I would guess that the Democrats, or those on the left, would be hesitant at employing his middle name when talking about Obama. Unfortunately, in all democracies (with the US being no exception), there are huge segments of uninformed voters who base voting decisions on irrational measures (a candidates middle name) or single-issues (his middle name). In this case, these uninformed voters would not vote for Obama, not necessarily because of his positions, but simply because he shares a name with the former Iraqi leader. By not employing his middle name or drawing attention to it, they are trying to keep these uninformed voters within their reach, hoping to gain (or lose) their vote based on something else.
On the opposite side, this is a weakness that the Republicans and the right could exploit if they wished. They can make an issue of his middle name and try to appeal to these voters and encourage them to vote Republican so they don't support "the guy with the same name as Saddam."
Its unfortunate that politics plays out in this way, that attention will be paid to a persons middle name as opposed to their policy positions. Unfortunately, in politics, votes count and either side must do whatever possible to retain them or gain them.
SKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1385 posts, RR: 6 Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1003 times:
Quoting Mir (Reply 16): make a connection between him and Saddam.
A strategy the Republicans could employ, if they wished, to appeal to those voters who can be captured by the connection. A rather dishonest and low-brow strategy in my opinion, but nonetheless a way to get votes. Challenge someone on what they stand for, not their middle name.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 983 times:
To be fair to all presidential candidates from the US Senate this crazy two year presidential campaign is requiring all involved to be away from Washington to raise money, take part in oh hum debates, kiss ass in Iowa and New Hampshire etc. The election process that allows for the non-stop campaigning (McCain/Clinton been at it since the day after the Nov 2000 election) must be revisited/reformed.
Quoting AirCop (Reply 18): To be fair to all presidential candidates from the US Senate this crazy two year presidential campaign is requiring all involved to be away from Washington to raise money, take part in oh hum debates, kiss ass in Iowa and New Hampshire etc.
I can't criticize Obama too much for doing what needs to be done to win the presidency. If people don't want their elected representatives to take so much time off in order to campaign, then make the campaigns shorter.
7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
Oh not not this again, every single time Obama is mentioned this guy has to bring that up. So what, if his name was billy bob huckabee, would you feel any better? People like you have to be concerned about his middle name, his religion, his ethnicity, his appearance, what kind of clothing he wears, what car he drives, and other nonsensical bullshit. Lets get to the issues, This is the 21st century, this BS needs to end.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 936 times:
Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 21): People like you have to be concerned about his middle name, his religion, his ethnicity, his appearance, what kind of clothing he wears, what car he drives, and other nonsensical bullshit.
You know - brings an interesting point to mind here LAX . . .
Obama: Not CinC Material (I'd post a link except A-Net is still dicked up in that regard for some of us - are you listening DM???)
You don't think that when Sen Obama is standing there with his hands at his waist - rather than over his heart as traditional, pride and honor dictate, that he's not thinking the same damn thing about every single person he's standing in front of?
He's trying to appeal to every single voter - he may WANT to put his hand over his heart each time, but this man is trying to get elected PotUS. He may NOT want to put his hand over his heart each time, but this man is trying to get elected PotUS.
Now, I quite agree, his middle name - or first name, last name, cousins name, mother's name - means zippo. But you know, speaking of nonsensical bullshit . . . why do these politicians (all of them) try so hard at . . .
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 13): kissing babies, hugging old people, saying bullshit they don't mean and can't possibly make happen, changing their minds on any given issue depending upon which state (or county) they are in . . . . not able to accept gratuities from the uber-rich, no free jet plane rides here and there . . ..
. . . and why does this make Sen Obama or any other politician any damn different than CalTech?
Have a great day.
25 SKYSERVICE_330: I think you've hit it on the head ANCFlyer. Whether it's the right employing Obama's middle name or a politician of any stripe kissing babies or shaki
26 LAXspotter: agreed flipflopping and sucking up to the masses, that is a sign of the Politican
27 Slider: Absolutely...it should be mandatory. All stakes, after all, if they're going to galavant around getting paid for doing nothing, they should relinquis
28 Allstarflyer: Does Dick Cheney have any decision-making authority still with Haliburton?
29 Diamond: Because Americans voters have turned every word, action and gesture into a litmus test. The lead story for a week about two months ago was Obama's de
30 ANCFlyer: It's Hillary or some Republican yet to be fettered out . . . Let go get Hillary instead. Agreed . . . Caveat: Untentional bash of Sen Obama starting
31 AirCop: I would think one leaves the senate to take a cabinet position when a senator is ready to step down. I actually believe there is more perks as a sena
32 ANCFlyer: Not my point though. Today he's beating Sen Clinton down, tomorrow - if he got elected - he'd put her in the Cabinet. It tracks with my point being t