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  •  Are you serious? (0+ / 0-)

    How many bills that he sponored became law?  That is the significant stat.

    Co-sponoring a piece of legislation means a staffer picked up a phone and called the sponsor's office and added Obama's name to it.  No effort required.

    •  you didn't read the diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Not picking on you. (1+ / 0-)
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      I had to write this in response somewhere on the threads.

      How many bills that he sponored became law?  That is the significant stat.

      No it isn't.

      A Senator can sponsor a zillion little bills on naming post offices--pointless.

      A Senator can sponsor some really horrible bills that have great support in the Senate--worse than pointless.

      A Senator can work behind the scenes, lobbying and twisting arms and making deals, to get really good legislation through hostile committees--great work that won't show up in the stats.

      I don't think there is a handy metric for who's an "effective" Senator. You just have to gather as much information as you can and make a judgement. And all that having been said, the skills of a good Senator are not necessarily those of a good President.

      •  Bill sponsorship passage is significant (0+ / 0-)

        You write:

        A Senator can work behind the scenes, lobbying and twisting arms and making deals, to get really good legislation through hostile committees--great work that won't show up in the stats.

        That's what a Senator does when it's his name as the sponsor, not co-sponor.  It was called McCain-Feingold, for example, not McCain-Feingold-

        We don't know for sure what work, if any, that he did on behalf of the cosponsored measures.

        We do know that if he sponsored a bill and it became law, that he did the majority of the heavy lifting.

        On the other hand I am impressed with his 16 amendments being adopted.

        Bottom line is that if his legislative accomplishments were so significant, his campaign wouldn't be relying on bloggers to dig up the record.

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