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Boehner a Rubber Stamp for Pelosi

Seriously, he is:

Boehner has voted with the Democratic leadership 52 percent of the time in 2010. So has Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), chairman of the Republican conference and former head of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), the House Republican whip, and Rep. Pete Sessions (Tex.), head of the GOP’s House campaign committee, are even cozier with Pelosi. They’ve voted with her 57 percent of the time.

And Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), the conservative firebrand who has compared the Democratic agenda to socialism? She’s with Pelosi on 58 percent of House votes.

The data come from a Democratic leadership review of the 565 roll call votes in the House from January through the end of September, when Congress left Washington for the campaign trail. Since the Speaker herself rarely votes, the comparison is made using the recommended vote of the party leadership.

The percentages do not reveal a hidden bipartisanship in the rancorous 111th Congress, but they do throw into sharp relief the statistic that campaign ad makers use more than any other to cast opponents as ideological rubberstamps.

Predictably, the comments thread for this piece is filled with Republicans who don’t really like it. There’s the Let’s Deny It All kind:

"according to an analysis by democrats" – WTF. Who made them credible at all? what a joke. Please don’t waste my time with partisan hack drivel.

BY Poppa on 10/13/2010 at 18:15

And there’s the I’ll Retype War And Peace And Force Liberals To Use Their Scroll Buttons!!! comment:

20 Days America…

Delusional Progressive Elites are still in Denial over Obama’s crumbling Presidency [followed by 308 words in the same vein]

And the I’m Willfully Refusing To See The Point Of This Article comments:

oh good grief, the Hill must be a liberal rag. Not one word about what the votes were for. It could have been on naming a memorial for all we know or may not even be true.

BY wodiej on 10/14/2010 at 05:44


ridiculous attempt, Hill. Those votes were about whether or not babies should be allowed to have pacifiers. Pelosi will be NO more. together with Obama, she is the ENEMY WITHIN

BY alejandro on 10/13/2010 at 21:40


Lies…Damn Lies…and…STATISTI CS!

‘Nuff said!

BY Bubba on 10/14/2010 at 08:26

However, for this last group, we do have a few people whose reading comprehension seems to be in good working order:

Most of you are missing the point. Yes, most of these votes are insignificant. But if Republicans want to paint Democrats with a broad brush on Pelosi voting percentages- which account for ALL votes and not just big ticket items- then it’s fair to throw it back in their face. Simply saying Rep. x votes with Speaker Pelosi or Leader Boehner x% of the time does not tell the whole story, and this article does a good job of driving that point home. Need to look at the whole picture and significant votes- not just a number.

BY Duh on 10/13/2010 at 20:38

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go take a shower.

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