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A non-biased 'liberal index' for the US Senate (or just another geek thread)

I almost hesitated posting this, but then thought what the hell. Given recent disagreements over whether or not Senator Lieberman really is or isn't a 'liberal', what defines a 'RINO', etc, I thought some voting record analysis was in order. So, I've made up a completely nonpartisan, non-biased, 'liberal index' for US Senators, based on their voting records from a liberal organization and a conservative one. My results are below. The senators included in the list (which goes from most conservative to most liberal) are those who were in the US Senate from 2001-2004. I excluded everyone else. I've shaded the table based on what 'group' the senator was in. The colors should be self explanatory.

<TABLE width = "350" BORDER="1" CELLPADDING=5 CELLSPACING=0 bordercolor="#000000"> <TR> <TD width="100" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="left"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Senator</FONT></div></TD> <TD width="50" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Party</FONT></div></TD> <TD width="50" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> State</FONT></div></TD> <TD width="150" BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Normalized Liberal Score<font size="-4"><sup>1</sup></font></FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Nickles</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> OK</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.27467</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Kyl</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AZ</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.26792</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Craig</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> ID</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.25780</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Lott</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> MS</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.25442</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Thomas</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> WY</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.23755</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Bunning</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> KY</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.23418</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Roberts</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> KS</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.20718</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Sessions</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AL</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.19031</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Brownback</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> KS</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.19031</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> McConnell</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> KY</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.18693</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Inhofe</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> OK</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.18356</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Frist</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> TN</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.17344</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Allard</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> CO</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.17006</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Burns</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> ND</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.17006</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Santorum</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> PA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.17006</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Enzi</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> WY</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.15994</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Hatch</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> UT</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.15657</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Crapo</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> ID</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.13969</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Bennett</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> UT</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.12620</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Grassley</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> IA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.10933</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Domenici</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NM</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.07558</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Allen</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> VA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.07221</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Gregg</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NH</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.05196</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Hutchinson</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> TX</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.04859</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Bond</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> MO</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.04184</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Shelby</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AL</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.04184</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Ensign</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NV</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.03509</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Lugar</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> IN</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.01822</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Hagel</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NE</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.01822</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF0000"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Cochran</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> MS</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -1.01484</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Fitzgerald</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> IL</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.96760</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Stevens</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AK</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.95411</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Voinovich</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> OH</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.92036</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Warner</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> VA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.88662</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Campbell</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> CO</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.87987</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> DeWine</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> OH</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.79551</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Murkowski</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AK</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.78877</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Miller</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> GA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.67066</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Smith</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> OR</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.65379</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#FF6666"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> McCain</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AZ</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> -.60318</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Specter</FONT></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> PA</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> -.36023</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Collins</FONT></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> ME</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> -.29612</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Snowe</FONT></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> ME</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> -.15439</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Nelson</FONT></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> NE</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> .13917</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Chafee</FONT></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> R</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> RI</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> .14255</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> Breaux</FONT></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> LA</FONT></div></TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#000000"> .28427</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Landrieu</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> LA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .57108</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Baucus</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> ND</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .67569</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Bayh</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> IN</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .69931</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Lincoln</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> AR</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .71281</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Edwards</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NC</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .71955</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Nelson</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> FL</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .76679</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Kerry</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> MA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .79716</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Byrd</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> WV</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .79716</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Jeffords</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> I</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> VT</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .81066</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Dorgan</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> ND</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .83766</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Johnson</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> SD</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .84778</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Carper</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> DE</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .85453</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Conrad</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> ND</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .85453</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Hollings</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> SC</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .86465</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Reid</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NV</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .86802</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Lieberman</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> CT</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .87477</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Graham</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> FL</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .88152</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Bingaman</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> NM</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .94901</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Biden</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> DE</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .96251</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Daschle</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> SD</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .97263</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Cantwell</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> WA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .97600</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#6666FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Kohl</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> WY</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> .99287</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#0000FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Feinstein</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> CA</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> 1.00637</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#0000FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Dayton</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> MN</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> 1.01987</FONT></div></TD> </TR> <TR bgcolor="#0000FF"> <TD><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> Feingold</FONT></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> D</FONT></div></TD> <TD><div align="center"><FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF"> WI</FONT></div></TD> <TD ALIGN=RIGHT><div align="center"><FONT 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I think you have too much time on your hands.
I'm also quite proficient with MS Access, SPSS, and Dreamweaver.

But yes, it is a bit slow around here these days. I guess I could clean my office...
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I see my favorite, alive, retired senator is on your list.

Have you noticed that Breaux & Landrieu? Why is it that LA produces only centrist Democrats?
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I'm anxious to see how my newest favorite Senator, Ken Salazar, will do on your revised list.
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I like how the Republicans are scored with a negative.
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Interesting that John Kerry fell in the average blue area, not the blue blue, like old Teddy boy.
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Perhaps wendersfan can break down his list further to include soicial issues and economic issues.
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Interesting that John Kerry fell in the average blue area, not the blue blue, like old Teddy boy.
<table width="500" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td colspan="2"><div align="center"><strong>2001</strong></div></td> <td colspan="2"><div align="center"><strong>2002</strong></div></td> <td colspan="2"><div align="center"><strong>2003</strong></div></td> <td colspan="2"><div align="center"><strong>2004</strong></div></td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><div align="center">ADA</div></td> <td><div align="center">ACU</div></td> <td><div align="center">ADA</div></td> <td><div align="center">ACU</div></td> <td><div align="center">ADA</div></td> <td><div align="center">ACU</div></td> <td><div align="center">ADA</div></td> <td><div align="center">ACU</div></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kennedy</td> <td><div align="center">100</div></td> <td><div align="center">4</div></td> <td><div align="center">100</div></td> <td><div align="center">0</div></td> <td><div align="center">95</div></td> <td><div align="center">15</div></td> <td><div align="center">100</div></td> <td><div align="center">0</div></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kerry</td> <td><div align="center">95</div></td> <td><div align="center">4</div></td> <td><div align="center">85</div></td> <td><div align="center">20</div></td> <td><div align="center">85</div></td> <td><div align="center">19</div></td> <td bgcolor="#000000"><div align="center"><strong><font color="#FFFFFF">25</font></strong></div></td> <td><div align="center">0</div></td> </tr></table>

It's largely because he missed a lot of roll call in votes in 2004, when he was busy not winning the presidency. These organizations consider a missed vote the same as a 'wrong' vote, something with which I have a bit of a problem.
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Perhaps wendersfan can break down his list further to include soicial issues and economic issues.
It's in the works.

That will actually take a bit of time, however.
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Interesting that John Kerry fell in the average blue area, not the blue blue, like old Teddy boy.
Half of the time period here is when Kerry was running for President - hence the change as he ran to the center.
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I'd like to see the list factor in (or out) votes that were made under pressure to stay with the rest of the party's vote. So possibly votes that went against the majority of the rest of the party. That would show where their true sentiments lie.
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It's largely because he missed a lot of roll call in votes in 2004, when he was busy not winning the presidency. These organizations consider a missed vote the same as a 'wrong' vote, something with which I have a bit of a problem.
I have a problem with it also, since he obviously would have voted the liberal way on the vast majority of those missed votes.
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Half of the time period here is when Kerry was running for President - hence the change as he ran to the center.
As far as I know the junior senator from MA has had a fairly consistent voting record throughout his career. He is generally a bit to the right of his senior colleague. Now, if you'd like to back up your assertion with actual data I'd be happy to take a look.
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I'd like to see the list factor in (or out) votes that were made under pressure to stay with the rest of the party's vote. So possibly votes that went against the majority of the rest of the party. That would show where their true sentiments lie.
Perhaps, but isn't how they actually vote most important? That's the actual result one must worry about, no matter where their true sentiments they lie.

If somebody is likely to get pushed around by his party and vote with him against their sentiments then that's what you must take into account when pulling the lever for them.

I'd say their actual voting gives the constituent the best basis to make a decision.
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As far as I know the junior senator from MA has had a fairly consistent voting record throughout his career. He is generally a bit to the right of his senior colleague. Now, if you'd like to back up your assertion with actual data I'd be happy to take a look.
How about voting for funding for Iraq before voting against it? That was done for a couple of reasons that weren't conservative but it would have added up to 0.
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I have a problem with it also, since he obviously would have voted the liberal way on the vast majority of those missed votes.
Well, it all depends on how you look at it. He did not help out the liberal cause by voting liberal, so in a sense he distanced himself from that position.

nate is correct that he was running towards the center as fast as he could. It's interesting that he was able to make it that far towards the center though. We all know he's a Blue boy through and through though.
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I have a problem with it also, since he obviously would have voted the liberal way on the vast majority of those missed votes.
Incidentally, in 1980 (the hear <i>he</i> ran for President) Senator Kennedy had an ADA rating 0f 33%.
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As far as I know the junior senator from MA has had a fairly consistent voting record throughout his career. He is generally a bit to the right of his senior colleague. Now, if you'd like to back up your assertion with actual data I'd be happy to take a look.
You posted some of that data.

But it's not even necessary - running to the center is what candidates do in the general election. Kerry was not magically different than any other candidate, and he certainly isn't some rock infected by principle over personal electoral considerations.
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How about voting for funding for Iraq before voting against it? That was done for a couple of reasons that weren't conservative but it would have added up to 0.
If it was a stand alone measure without the 'gift' to Iraq, Kerry would have voted for it.
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Perhaps, but isn't how they actually vote most important? That's the actual result one must worry about, no matter where their true sentiments they lie.

If somebody is likely to get pushed around by his party and vote with him against their sentiments then that's what you must take into account when pulling the lever for them.

I'd say their actual voting gives the constituent the best basis to make a decision.
I think it shows that they're good party members more than anything. The votes against the mainstream show their true leanings and what they can be counted on to support no matter what.

There are individual senators you just know that about. For instance, if a ban on partial birth abortion were more of an issue and public sentiment was strongly against it in a way that mattered to the Senate you know Barbara Boxer would vote against it even though a majority of the rest of the party voted for it (very hypothetical).
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If it was a stand alone measure without the 'gift' to Iraq, Kerry would have voted for it.
He wanted to raise taxes. That's why he voted against it.
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Well, it all depends on how you look at it. He did not help out the liberal cause by voting liberal, so in a sense he distanced himself from that position.

nate is correct that he was running towards the center as fast as he could. It's interesting that he was able to make it that far towards the center though. We all know he's a Blue boy through and through though.
Please note:

In 2004 the ADA rated Senators on 20 roll call voted. <b>Senator Kerry voted for the 'liberal' position on all five of those for which he cast a vote</b>. If anything, his voting record in 2004 was more liberal than average for him. His rhetoric may have indicated a move to the center, but his votes cast certainly did NOT.

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