Obama votes cast him left of his own party Jerry Seper and Joseph Curl Thursday, August 28, 2008 EXCLUSIVE:
Sen. Barack Obama will portray himself Thursday night as an agent of change for mainstream America, but his eight-year voting record in the Illinois Senate shows the Democrat was on occasion an agent of isolation who took stands - particularly on anti-crime legislation - that put him to the left of his own party.
Mr. Obama was the only member of the state Senate to vote against a bill to prohibit the early release of convicted criminal sexual abusers; was among only four who voted against bills to toughen criminal sentences and to increase penalties for "gangbangers" and dealers of Ecstasy; and voted "present" on a bill making it harder for abusive parents to regain custody of their children, a Washington Times review of Illinois legislative records shows.
"On the one hand, I give him credit for being true to his beliefs. But certainly with concerns that there were, even for his own party in Illinois, he would be to the left on some of those key votes," said Illinois state Sen. Dave Syverson, a conservative Republican.
The pattern has continued since Mr. Obama joined the U.S. Senate, according to National Journal magazine.
Its respected legislative scorecard rated the Illinois Democrat, based on his 2007 voting record, as the most liberal member of the Senate, even more liberal than Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a self-described "democratic socialist." Mr. Obama ranked No. 16 and No. 10 in the previous two years.
His running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, ranked third in the 2007 National Journal survey, with only Sen. Edward M. Kennedy between him and Mr. Obama.
Mr. Obama's left-leaning pedigree has concerned some of his party's moderate and conservative members. Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma has publicly refused to endorse Mr. Obama, describing the presumptive presidential nominee as the "most liberal senator" on Capitol Hill.
Alpha, I've asked before for you to post a militarist post of mine. I'm glad to see that you can't find one. If only your name calling would stop and we can get to a real adult discussion on the issues...
Canoodle...I understand why you whine so often adn loudly. You spout political militarist nonsense and cant find a respected or award winning journalist that would agree with your blather. At least your a step up on Fibs who finds the usual unknown hacks to spew the Con kool-aid. Keep whining and swinging however, it adds to the entertainment.
You will vet them? lol! No, you are cheerleading a partisan position. First and foremost, your chosen 'oracles' have to wear the right colors, and that is one hell of a slippery path. Just like a suicide bomber, you need to defer to fill that empty space between your ears.