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McCain: King “Absent” of the Hill?

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The echo chambers continue to rattle with unfounded remarks about both candidates, but one curious bit of blabber that caught my attention was about Senator Obama. The rumor mill has it that his attendance in the Senate was one stop short of dismal. This may be true, and I am not here to defend one side over against another. On the other hand, I am here to shine light on the tricks of the political charade.

Let’s play it by the numbers:

  1. McCain has left his senate chair vacant for vast amounts of time since he began campaigning. At one point he had allowed it to remain idle for over five weeks.
  2. McCain recently surpassed North Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) as the senator with the highest level of absence. The difference being that Senator Johnson had a pretty decent excuse: he had a brain hemorrhage.
  3. McCain’s absentee streak has also placed him in a position of honor amongst those who failed to vote this past session. In fact, he is the new King of the Hill.

Now let me make a personal admission. I happen to be of those persuaded that it is both predictable and acceptable for any and all running for the Oval Office to grant themselves a season of absence from their typical duties. The issue here, though, is with the misleading tactics employed by talking-heads and their brothers from a different mother over at Fox News. Actually, if I may be so brave, it is with those who latch on to what these hucksters have to say, never considering for even a moment what lies beneath the surface of arguments sounding too good to be true..

O, tempora! O, mores!

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  1. CAN YOU PLEASE MAIL ME AN ACCURATE RECORD OF ATTENDANCE AND VOTING BEFORE THE THREE POLITICIANS EVEN RAN FOR THIS ELECTION!!!NAMELY,McCain,Obama,and Biden.I would like to compare their records of committment to their voters to see how they fared in their duties to the country they are called to represent.I don’t need their voting records or attendance while campaigning which causes them to be away and on the road each day,which could be understood.I want their records before they committed to this election,and weren’t campaigning, which is a more true indication of their work habits and duty to the office that people expect of them.Please get back,regards Sal P.S.I DON’T WANT PARTISAN OPINIONS JUST THE FACTS!!!

    SALVATORE APREA

    September 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm

  2. For beginners, let me refer you to my “personal admission” contained in the final paragraph. The point of this post was not to discredit McCain’s attendance, using his absence while on the campaign trail against him. Rather, it was to demonstrate how grossly partisan it is for Republicans, Democrats, and radio talk-show hosts to use this line of reasoning against Barack Obama. If anything, I fault on the side of fairness.

    I will look into those figures for you.

    btw- I am neither Democrat or Republican. I am a Distributist, but my journalism buds like to refer to me as a conservative populist. At any rate, I’m not partisan.

    fideidefensor

    September 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  3. Overall record since first taking office:
    http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/110/repstats/novote.xml

    John McCain missed 18% since Feb 4, 1993.

    Barack Obama missed 24% since Jan 6, 2005.

    Joe Biden has missed .09% since 1993.

    All three being members of the 110th Congress:
    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/senate/vote-missers/

    John McCain has missed 64%

    Barack Obama has missed 46%

    Joe Biden has missed 30.8%

    What this means?

    295 of Barack’s 306 total missed votes took place during the 110th Congress came to session. John McCain has missed 412 in that same period of time.

    We cannot forget that McCain was the presumptive nominee months before Barack. While Barack’s prolonged absence seems logical in light of this fact, McCain missing 117 more than Barack in that same period of time is quite remarkable.

    PS- You’re welcome.

    fideidefensor

    September 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm


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