Most Liberal Senator

August 10, 2004

I thought that line about the most liberal senator was bogus. And so it is.

Posted by Red Ted at August 10, 2004 01:37 PM | TrackBack

How is it bogus? It's true for 2003. You can contest the lack of inclusive dates, but the fact is there.

Posted by: Ted at August 10, 2004 07:36 PM

It is bogus because it intentionally misrepresents the total body of data. It takes an outlying value, which happens to be the most recent observation, and declares that this defines the entire series. If you tried that in the lab you would^H^H^H^H^H should get laughed at. So why is it OK in politics?

You can challenge Kerry's overall record - and should. He is a generally middle of the road Senator, with a record of voting against military adventures and for a balanced budget - a war dove and deficit hawk. But, that does not make a proper talking point.

Similarly, Kerry voted to authorize the war, then voted against the funding largely because Bush wanted to add the war costs to the deficit and Kerry wanted to pay as we went. But he mis-spoke when challenged, and now Bush runs around saying "he voted for it before he voted against it."

Why are Republicans so afraid of comparing the records and words of the two candidates?

Posted by: Ted K at August 10, 2004 08:24 PM
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