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Feb. 4th, 2008

02:31 pm - Obama: the 6% change

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If Obama represents “change “, how much change can we expect from him?

The Senate has held 645 roll-call votes while Obama and Clinton served together in the Senate. Their votes differed only 40 times. 94% of the time they voted identically. (1)

Also, “….On Congressional Quarterly’s tally of how often senators support Bush’s positions on issues coming before the Senate, in 2005 Clinton earned a 31 out of 100 rating (with 100 meaning totally supportive of Bush) and Obama got a 33.

On the National Journal scale of liberal to conservative positions, again based on roll call votes in 2005, Obama rated an 82.5 (meaning he was more liberal than 82.5 percent of his Senate colleagues) and Clinton a 79.8…” (2)

Of course, that Obama would change so little is probably a large part of his popularity. If he actually stood for significant change, he’d be polling the same numbers as Kucinich or Paul.

1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/31/AR2006123101004.html

2. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15920730/

Original: craschworks - comments

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From:stochasticgirl
Date:February 5th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
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All talks of hope aside, I don't make any bones in thinking that policy-wise, Obama will likely not make a huge dent. The real change, IMO, will come from having a leader we can respect and be proud of again.
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From:crasch
Date:February 8th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
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I'd certainly like a leader I could respect again. However, although I find Obama personally appealing, his agenda is, for the most part, frightening. And I worry that precisely because Obama is personally appealing, he will enjoy greater success in getting his agenda passed.
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