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Saturday, January 27, 2007


on matters of record

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, January 27, 2007 permalink View blog reactions
My co-blogger Nonpartisan left a comment at MyLeftWing, which was just so concisely on-target that I wanted to capture it for posterity. The context is about whether voting records matter for presidential aspirants.

they're running for President, not Senator -- a job where you set the national agenda, not cast votes on bills other people offer up. I want to know what the candidates want to accomplish in their four years as President, not what they've done in past. I also want to know what impact they intend to have on American political discourse, something Presidents do and Senators really don't. None of this is told by someone's voting record.

spot on.


I didn't know you read MLW, must be as accomplished a blog-stalker as I am! :)

Thanks for this.


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