Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A thin record on Capitol Hill

One of my major gripes about John Kerry is that, after 20 years in the Senate, he’s authored three bills of any consequence: two “save the dolphins” measures and one for small business loans. Here’s how Salon described his acceptance speech at the 2004 Democratic convention:

"Judge me by my record," John Kerry told voters during his acceptance speech in Boston last month, but he gave them precious little evidence to go on. In a 5,000-word address that stretched on for nearly an hour, Kerry managed to find time for only 73 words about his two decades of service in the U.S. Senate.
For somebody so ambitious, Kerry seems allergic to the nuts-and-bolts work required to pass legislation. But his resume is lavish compared to Georgia’s Cynthia McKinney, according to her primary opponent Hank Johnson:

But besides developing a reputation for inflammatory and counterproductive conduct, what has my opponent accomplished? She has passed exactly one bill over the course of her career - to rename a post office.
She so crazy.

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