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February 12, 2006
Yes. But, no.

I agree that the publication of roll-call votes is important, but it's not that simple.

The NYTimes Public Editor, Calame, doesn't address this but let's all pause to remember the recent Alito vote. The bottom-line vote ignores the number of "Democratic" representatives who refused to support a filibuster or voted for cloture but who then voted against the nomination.

They had to know that the vote would go down largely on Party lines and that Alito would be confirmed, so voting, "no" was a purely political stunt. Listing them as voting against Alito gives the false impression that they actually opposed the nomination in a useful manner.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:07 AM