Obama Voted Mr. Congeniality And Most Liberal…But Mostly Most Liberal

Apologies to Ace for that.

This is red meat for Republicans if he winds up being the nominee:

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal‘s 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.

Allahpundit surmises that this is why we get ’10 parts gassy “change” to every one part specific policy proposals’.

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5 Responses to “Obama Voted Mr. Congeniality And Most Liberal…But Mostly Most Liberal”

  1. ChenZhen Says:

    Re: “red meat”

    Suppose the GOP nominee had taken the “most conservative” spot, would the situation be a mirror image? Or is there something about the word “liberal”?

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  2. nicedeb Says:

    There is something about the word, “liberal”.

    Notice how most liberals recoil from the word. They call themselves “progressive”, or “moderate”. Anything but liberal.

    Have any of the Democrats been running on the claim that they are the “most liberal”? They may want to sound liberal to their base….but do they use the word? I don’t think so.

    The Republicans, on the other hand are stumbling all over each other to try to convince voters that they are the “true conservative”. (Even when they in practice aren’t, like in the case of McCain, who when he’s not running for office, has disdain for conservatives). That’s why so many conservatives can’t stand him.

    True conservatives embrace their conservativeness. They’re proud of it.

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  3. ChenZhen Says:

    I just don’t think there’s been a concerted effort to demonize the word “conservative”, ’cause you don’t hear the vitriolic rants using that label like you do with “liberal”, that’s all. In reality, it’s just a way of describing both sides of the spectrum, so someone who takes the crown of “most conservative” would, in theory, be just as out of the mainstream as the one who took “most liberal”. That’s what I was getting at anyway.

    Personally, I don’t really have a problem being called a liberal. Rush and Hannity et al can use it as if they’re describing a subhuman species and throw it around all day long for all I care. I really don’t see anything inherently offensive about the label, so the way I see it, the attempt to demonize it reveals a certain amount of weakness. I suppose it’s been successful though. “Liberal” is thrown around as a pejorative for so long and so often that it’s kinda lost its true meaning in pop discourse.

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  4. nicedeb Says:

    The word, Liberal hasn’t been demonized. It is what it is. People rightly associate it with socialism, which most Americans still don’t want…hence the word shift.

    Liberals believe in the redistribution of wealth by inflicting pain on businesses and private citizens in the form of excessive taxation. Their socialistic rhetoric takes advantage of the economic illiteracy of many Americans. Liberals love to fan the flames of class warfare. The poor and ignorant eat it up.

    Hillary Clinton actually told supporters a few years ago, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – Classic Marxism.

    The Hillary Clinton quote has been disappearing from databases. I wonder why?

    Liberals know that there’s popular support for their anti-Capitalistic rhetoric among the underclass. But they have to disguise what they are in order to be accepted by most Americans.

    Again, Conservatives are proud of what they believe in. We don’t have to play with words to make them seem more palatable.

    Liberals decide pro-abortion sounds a little harsh, (like they’re for dead babies) so they change the words to ‘pro-choice’. There, that’s better. Conservatives didn’t have a problem with anti-abortion…but if you’re going to play games with the terminology, then to be fair, we must too.

    Attempts to dismiss conservatives and their ideas do end up demonizing them…Conservatives don’t care about the poor, (of course we do…I’m Catholic – love for the poor has been drilled into my head ever since I can remember, we just believe in different ways of handling poverty). We’re not bloodthirsty warmongers, but we do believe that war is sometimes justified and necessary. We’re racists – not true. The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln, it’s the party, the party that voted in greater numbers for the Civil Rights Act:

    The Congressional Quarterly of June 26, 1964 (p. 1323) recorded that, in the Senate, only 69% of Democrats (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as compared to 82% of Republicans (27 for, 6 against).

    And I would argue that today there is still more racism in the Democratic party than there is in the Republican party, as evidenced by the presidential race on your side, and smears in the media against conservative Republicans like Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, and others:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2005/11/02/the-vile-bile-we-have-to-put-up-with/

    Eh…don’t get me started…

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  5. wiserbud Says:

    I just don’t think there’s been a concerted effort to demonize the word “conservative”, ’cause you don’t hear the vitriolic rants using that label like you do with “liberal”, that’s all.

    Really? REALLY? Then you have not been paying attention. Read Dkos or Huffington Post once in a while and see how “conservative” as an invective, much in the same manner as rat-bastard, Satan or Hitler. Not demonized? Okay.

    Have you ever heard Hillary or Rhandi Rhodes or Colmes or Olbermann use the word “conservative?” They say it like they are calling someone the Anti-Christ. All you need to do to drive people on the left crazy is accuse someone of being a conservative. Did you catch how much grief Obama got from Hillary when he dared to say that that “evil conservative” Reagen actually had some good ideas?

    However, it doesn’t take, because, as Deb said, we wear that label proudly. And while you may not be upset by being called a liberal, most of your idealogical brethren run from that term faster than they run from a fundraiser in Harlem after it’s over.

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