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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 01:56 PM
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15. I'm sorry, it was only fifty that fell into that category
"In more than 50 votes, he seemed to be acting in concert with other Democrats as part of a strategy."

And he can only fact-check the ones they talk about.

More for your education. from the Times article:

"In Illinois, political experts say voting present is a relatively common way for lawmakers to express disapproval of a measure. It can at times help avoid running the risks of voting no, they add."

from the factcheck:

"An aspect of Obama's State Senate voting record that is drawing attention is his "present" votes. A present vote is a third option to an up or down "yes" or "no" that is used with great frequency in the Illinois General Assembly. It has many varied and nuanced meanings that, in the context of the actual bills, border on boring. It's most important use is as a signal -- to the other party, to the governor, to the sponsor -- to show a willingness to compromise on the issue if not the exact bill, to show disapproval for one aspect of the bill, to question the constitutionality of the bill, to strengthen the bill. "


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