Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Profiles in Courage- Barack H. Obama

"Profiles in Courage" is how Rich Galen of Mullings refers to BHO's definite lack of courage in voting "Present" 130 times as an Illinois State Senator.
The NYT puts it thus:


In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature — to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate.
Sometimes the “present’ votes were in line with instructions from Democratic leaders or because he objected to provisions in bills that he might otherwise support. At other times, Mr. Obama voted present on questions that had overwhelming bipartisan support. In at least a few cases, the issue was politically sensitive. In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against the bill. He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.


...An examination of Illinois records shows at least 36 times when Mr. Obama was either the only state senator to vote present or was part of a group of six or fewer to vote that way.

In more than 50 votes, he seemed to be acting in concert with other Democrats as part of a strategy.


Leadership is standing on the courage of your convictions, whether it is popular, or politically expedient or not, and something lacking in Barack Hussein Obama.

Cross posted at Say Anything

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