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  •  According to Progressive Punch (0+ / 0-)

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:57:47 AM PDT

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    •  Progressive Punch (0+ / 0-)

      IIRC puts too much emphasis on votes on party-line procedural issues, which aren't at all a reflection of ideology.  So as a metric, it is questionable as it intentionally tries to widen the gap between Ds and Rs.  

      The 2012 ACU ratings had Manchin at 28, Snowe at 20, and Collins at 32.  The 2012 ADA ratings had Manchin at 70 and Snowe and Collins at 50.

      •  How about their crucial votes metric? (0+ / 0-)

        Baucus 63.12  
        Manchin 58.86  
        Heitkamp 56.41
        Donnelly 51.28

        Collins 27.55
        Heller 19.44
        Kirk 13.33
        McCain 12.15

        Those 31 points put Manchin closer to Pat Leahy than he is to Collins.

        "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

        by conspiracy on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:21:19 AM PDT

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        •  These are lifetime scores (0+ / 0-)

          If you go by the ACU lifetime ratings you get Manchin at 25.33 with Collins at 48.85 and that puts him closer to Barbara Boxer.

          "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

          by conspiracy on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:47:26 AM PDT

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          •  Point taken (0+ / 0-)

            I still believe that Manchin in his heart of hearts is more conservative than these numbers portray, but I have to concede that based on his voting record thus far, he is to the left of a center-right Republican.  

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