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  •  Yep. (7+ / 0-)

    Ryan's voting record may be similar to Bachmann's, but his rhetoric is not.  That's the difference.

    Not to mention, DW-Nominate doesn't factor in differences between economic and social issues.  Staunch social conservatives are often easier to portray as crazies than are the economic libertarians, even though the latter are actually nuttier.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:53:56 PM PDT

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    •  dw-nominate could and would factor in (0+ / 0-)

      economic versus social issues. The method is explicitly a two-factor analysis.

      Except, these days, for votes in Congress, there isn't any second factor. Liberal/Conservative on everything, as one dimension, and that's it.

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