December 20, 2007

APTITUDE TEST:

Obama's 'present' votes become issue: Clinton camp says they indicate he's not a leader (RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and CHRISTOPHER DREW, 12/19/07, New York Times)

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 blacks, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate.

In the end, 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.


This is entirely appropriate since his candidacy is based on just being there rather than doing anything.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2007 9:31 AM
Comments

Sounds a lot like Bill Clinton's record as governor.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 20, 2007 10:12 AM

Chauncey Gardiner

Posted by: Luciferous at December 20, 2007 11:24 AM

He's just decorative.

Posted by: erp at December 20, 2007 3:27 PM

There it is: the thing is not done well, but we marvel that it is done at all.

A fine gesture, but not how a president is to be chosen.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 22, 2007 5:06 PM

Yet it keeps serving up good ones.

Posted by: oj at December 22, 2007 9:21 PM
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