In this election season, probably more than any other, many candidates seem to be touting/criticizing how they/their opponent in in terms of voting the party line. It happens on both sides and it is unfortunate. ROJO(and his shadow groups) are criticizing Senator Feingold for “toeing the party line” ( i saw billboards yesterday asking which one was Russ with the pictures of the Pelosi/Reid/Feingold). Senator Feingold on the other hand has been advertising that he does not toe the party line and votes against his party more than most. Michelle Obama, also touted Feingold’s maverick credentials, saying the president has mentioned how Feingold doesn’t always agree with him. “So Russ, you and I have a little something in common,” she said…
I think to move past our bitter partisan ship we need to stop worrying so much about party labels and start seeing what our representatives are actually doing. Every year during the NFL draft, most pundits say you can’t truly judge a draft for three years. So while many people “grade” the current draft, the most interesting stories are when they go back 3-4-5 years and then see how that draft turned out.
So here is my pet peeve. Instead of the msm just reprinting percentage of votes with their party, why not look AT THE ACTUAL VOTES, and see how that turned out!
I do not care how many times someone voted with their party, I care about how many times they voted correctly. With the benefit of hindsight we can go back and check. While I do not have the time to go back and look at all of Senator Feingolds votes, I wanted to start the discussion.
* Voted for John Roberts and against Samuel Alito: While he can be given somewhat of a pass because Roberts did not tell the truth in his confirmation hearings I would only give him a small break on that. We see when the current SCOTUS overturned 100 years of precedence to rule in favor of Citizens United that he was right on Alito and wrong on Roberts.
*NAFTA/GATT/Africa Free Trade/CAFTA, etc…: with the millions of jobs lost nationally and tens of thousands lost in WI thanks to these “free” trade deals, we see the Senator was spot on here.
*Striking telecom immunity from the Fisa Bill: Senator Feingold stood with 31 other Senators to vote yes on this with the intention of holding the telecom companies who illegally spied on Americans accountable. So another notch in his belt for this correct vote.
* Numerous different hate crimes bills: Senator Feingold has made a habit(correctly) of supporting hate crime laws to punish those who try and terrorize others.
* The Glass Steagal repeal vote: The fact that he voted AGAINST this repeal, might be one of the biggest feathers in his cap. The repeal of this bill, as the Senator predicted, is a major factor in the current financial meltdown.
So this is a start and his voting record, with a few exceptions has been spot on! We need to start looking at how people vote not who they vote with!!!
For more on the Senators(and all representatives voting record) check out project vote smart