You accept to quickly. While the data shows that Obama is the most liberal of the senators, there are some things it doesn't show.
It doesn't show the accuracy of the scale measuring right and left, for example. To anybody with a history of observation of the country's politics over the past 50 years, the things that Obama is being called an extremist for suggesting were accepted as middle of the road or only slightly left of center even by a broad range of Republicans not so very long ago. What is being accepted as McCain being a middle of the road Republican today, in many areas of the country 50 years ago you have gotten him roundly condemned as being, to put it kindly, very far to the right extreme of the spectrum. Certainly his approval of torture and willingness to approve of this administrations efforts at and success in accomplishing the bypass of congressional controls on presidential powers would have caused considerable outrage by the congress that threw Richard Nixon out of office for doing considerably less. Might I also remind you that over-all, the Senator has voted with the administration on 90-95% of the legislation it's put forward.
While Obama may be listed as the #1 Liberal in the Senate, the same organization that issued that rating on Senator OBama found itself unable to rate McCain at all, because he had missed more than half the votes needed to get a rating in the first place. McCain was, in other words, looking out for McCain, while Obama was looking out for Obama plus being a Senator as well.
I could go on, but it's late and I go on too much anyway.
And Balladeer, I didn't particularly like what the article said, but they've got a right to say it, and I don't know that they're biased. They just disagree with me. Not the same thing. As long as I figure they're not cooking the books, they can disagree away, and I'll listen unhappily away. I reserve the right to an occasional throaty growl, but then you do as much yourself, sometimes. No harm.
Best to you both. Bob Kaven