Guess which straight-talkin’ maverick is leading the Senate in missed votes this session?
Sen. John McCain (R-Campaign Trail) missed another vote today on a resolution related to the Iraq war, skipping a procedural move on a war funding measure in favor of hitting the campaign trail in New York.
In fact, McCain’s missed vote today marked his fifth straight week without casting a vote on the Senate floor, with this morning’s vote marking the 42nd straight roll call that he has missed. … If McCain misses the next three votes — the $2.9 trillion fiscal 2008 budget is likely to be voted on this afternoon — he will officially have been absent for 50 percent of the more than 170 roll calls held in the chamber so far in the 110th Congress.
By way of comparison to McCain’s nearly 50% absenteeism, “Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) … have missed just 1.8 percent and 6.4 percent of votes this year, respectively.” On the other hand, right on McCain’s heels in the #2 absentee slot is—drum roll, please—Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), another GOP presidential contender.
The GOP: Still the Nation’s Leaders in Total Douchebaggery.