Mad Leadership Skillz

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.

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8 responses to “Mad Leadership Skillz

  1. Betsy

    But, don’t you see, if he doesn’t vote, those pesky opponents of his won’t be able to pin down his *actual* position on anything. He gets to avoid pissing off his overlords by voting against the Republicans and avoid pissing off the rest of the country by voting for the Republicans.

    Oh well, it’s the Republicans’ loss if two members of their rather substantial minority choose not to help out with Satan’s handiwork for a few months.

  2. Arkades

    Fewer votes equals fewer opportunities to embarrass himself by either alienating or pandering to the wingnuts, depending on which mode he’s in today.

  3. yeah, i think that sums it up nicely.

  4. "Fair and Balanced" Dave

    Since when is having both John “What, me straight talk?” McCain and Sam “Pro-Life until birth” Brownback miss Senate votes become a bad thing???

  5. Since when is having both John “What, me straight talk?” McCain and Sam “Pro-Life until birth” Brownback miss Senate votes become a bad thing???

    That’s not the point. The point is that they care about politics more than policy. Sound like any other Republican president you know?

  6. one of the brightest spots in a decidely grim phase of my life recently was when VoteVets started running the “generals” series in Arizona. at the very end the retired general (batiste, odom, and clark) says “Senator McCain, quit protecting George Bush and start protecting the troops”

    that got a great big “hooo-rah” from this ol’ grunt

  7. puellasolis

    You know, if I missed five straight weeks of work without taking sick leave or official vacation time, my ass would be fired.

    Just sayin’.

  8. oddjob

    Kerry also got slammed for this, but I knew when he was doing it that he was still voting when his vote mattered. For the most part his Senate votes are predictable and if he was going to be clearly in the minority or majority, what difference? He was running for president.

    Yes, there are at least four others running for president from the Senate, but even so, how many of those missed votes really mattered?

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