January 23, 2008

I'M NOT A MODERATE, I'M A MORON!:

Obama says he bungled some Illinois votes: At least 5 times, the former state senator went on the record as having pushed the wrong button. (Peter Wallsten, 1/23/08, Los Angeles Times)

Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed.

"I was not aware that I had voted no," he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he "intended to vote yes."

That misfire was not an isolated case for the young former civil-rights attorney first elected to the state Senate in 1996. At least five times during his eight years in state office, Obama cast a vote and then said he had hit the wrong button, according to transcripts of the proceedings. [..]

[S]ome lawmakers say the unusual practice also offers a relatively painless way to placate both sides of a difficult issue. Even if a lawmaker admits an error, the actual vote stands and the official record merely shows the senator's "intent."


One wonders how he can be so lightweight and not levitate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2008 8:33 PM
Comments

Wow, not necessarily the guy you want to hand the nuclear codes to, huh?

Think McCain can make some hay with this?

Posted by: Kevin Whited at January 24, 2008 10:46 AM

John Edwards may be right; he may be the grown-up there. Scary, eh?

Posted by: Mikey at January 24, 2008 5:57 PM
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