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Friday, May 13, 2005

The Secret Life of George Voinovich

I would hate to be George Voinovich's secretary today. No doubt the phone's been ringing off the hook all afternoon, and those that couldn't get through made sure to blog their frustrations. Within 1 hour of announcing he couldn't support Bolton, he was labeled "spineless" and "lack[ing] the intelligence to understand what's going on". One blogger even suggested we "Daschle his ass".

As fun as it is to play "pile on the moderate", I decided to take a look at his record before jumping aboard. Preparing for a Jeffords Jr., I was surprised to find this:
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record
  • Rated 100% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record.
  • Rated 15% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-labor voting record
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record
Definite conservative credentials if ever there were, so what gives? Robert Novak, among others, have effectively demonstrated that opposition to Bolton's nomination is a matter of policy rather than "bad behavior", but why would Voinovich suddenly join the "Global Test" crowd?

Maybe he already was.

Despite his otherwise stellar voting record, I found a couple of troubling outliers. The first was a 2000 amendment called the "China Nonproliferation Act". The amendment would "provide for the application of certain measures to covered countries in response to the contribution to the design, production, development, or acquisition of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons or ballistic or cruise missiles", "covered countries" meaning China. Seems like a reasonable goal, yet Voinovich voted to kill it.

The second instance was an 2001 amendment to protect US military and government officials from any international court to which the US did not belong. The amendment passed the Senate, yet again Voinovich voted "No".

It should surprise no one to hear the names of those he voted with: Kennedy, Reid, Biden, Boxer...you get the picture. I could be jumping to conclusions, but this may be old George's Kryptonite. I can't reconcile these votes with his strong support of the Iraq war (plain old politics maybe?), but he votes like a member of the Cult of International Community. His "No Confidence" vote on Bolton is just further confirmation.


Blogger David Schantz said...

Good site, good post.
What do you think of the idea of 100 Senators giving us a National ID Card by supporting the spending bill? That was my subject today. Stop by and check it out.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

5/12/2005 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So you want to get rid of the guy because he actually thinks about issues before he votes on them? He's not your typical neo-con so get rid of him huh?

Voinovich is as republican as they come, and liberals would just laugh to see you guys try to tear him apart.

5/14/2005 10:33:00 AM  
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