NPR is reporting on a new Congressional Quarterly study which says that President Obama is the most successful president in the last 50 years, with respect to getting legislative measures through. The study states that the President has succeeded in getting passage of 96.7 percent of all legislation in the House and Senate for which “the president had a clear position.” This means that where the President has publicly urged a vote one way or another on a bill, almost 97% of the time his will was adhered to.
That’s lovely. It’s also a ridiculously incomplete picture of reality. They talk of him having a better record than Lyndon Johnson. Uhh… no. Johnson’s percentage may not have been higher, but he got the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act through (admittedly, on the back of the Kennedy assassination).
Conversely, President Obama has, as the article states, “picked his battles” by cherry picking which legislation to publicly support and push through his Democratically controlled congress. More misleading is the amount of compromise that goes into those legislative measures. For example, the Health Care Reform bill looks nothing like what the President campaigned on and most of the financial stimulus measures were truly corrupted… though necessary. The NPR article does do a pretty good job of pointing out those facts.
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via hatethefuture – While 94% think Attorney General Eric Holder is a poorly disguised Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
And I’m sure more than half of Democrats felt that the Supreme Court acted in bad faith in stealing the 2000 election for George W. Bush. I still don’t understand why this is any more disturbing than the fact that only 39% of Americans believe in evolution, on the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (which will be observed on Tuesday).
Yes, there are serious issues regarding the perception of legitimacy of American elections (even if those issues are largely perception-based, and not substantive). I still believe the greater threat to our government’s legitimacy is that our standard-bearing representatives are largely or commonly a) incompetent (see, e.g., Congress), b) corrupt (see, e.g., Jefferson and Trafficant), c) closeted but willing to deny civil rights to the people they sleep with on the side (see, e.g., pretty much every hard right wing religious righter), or d) crazy/stupid (see, e.g., Palin).
Of course, my true hope is that Palin will choose the TV talk show path, now that Oprah has announced her retirement. I think America misses Jerry Springer and there is a place for her on the CW. In the meantime, I’m going to go back to worrying about the fact that CafePress thinks its OK to sell mugs and bumper stickersthat advocate the assasination of a sitting president.
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