Back in January the Los Angeles Times ran an article exposing “misvotes” on the part of Senator Barack Obama while a member of Illinois State Senate. This story got little mention in the mainstream media, probably because they were busy baking cookies for their beloved Obama or perhaps giving him a foot rub. Obama brushed the misvotes off as a simple “oops”.
Obama feels that the fact that he misvoted six times is no big deal stating, “I think this is a nonissue.” Well one of his “mistakes” was a vote to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office in Chicago. Maybe we should ask those children in Chicago and those that help them if they think that this is a “nonissue”.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
After the votes were taken Obama would say that he misvoted and would ask that the official record show that he wanted to vote the other way. However, according to the LA Times, “the actual vote stands and the official record merely shows the senator’s ‘intent’”. This allowed Obama to have his cake and eat it too, letting him to play both sides of the fence. Is this really the type of behavior we want from someone who wants to be President of the United States?
It isn’t just Obama’s “oops” votes that are a problem, he also cast roughly 130 “present” votes. What is a “present” vote you ask? Well it is neither a “yes” nor a “no” and it simply allowed Obama to get around going on the record on particular issues. Some of these issues were politically charged issues such as anti-abortion legislation put forth by Republicans. When a Republican legislator put forth a bill that would have made it easier to prosecute children as young as 15 as adults Obama voted “present”. This isn’t the type of leadership I want to see from a Democratic President, it is cowardice and political gamesmanship.
Illinois State Senator Christine Radogno, the Republican co-sponsor of the bill seeking to prosecute children, said, “Voting present was a way to satisfy those two competing interests.”
Advocates for the bill such as Thom Mannard, director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, believes that political calculation was behind Obama’s “present” vote. “If he voted a flat-out no,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mr. Mannard said, “somebody down the road could say Obama took this vote and was soft on crime”.
So it appears to me that while Obama constantly preaches “change”, it is nothing but politics as usual with him. When the heat was turned up he decided to check out and either not vote or explain that he simply pushed the wrong button. Well we can’t afford a President that refuses to take a position on the tough issues and God forbid we have one that pushes the wrong button.