Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bob Kerrey's ACU ratings, 1989-2000

The American Conservative Union is one of several organizations that compile a score sheet each year, based on 20 or so Congressional votes, to evaluate, broadly, how conservatively a Congresscritter voted. I've plotted Bob Kerrey's annual ACU rankings for his entire Senate career, 1989 - 2000, and compared them with a 'typical liberal' (Teddy Kennedy, D), a moderate Democrat (Kent Conrad, D), and Kerrey's Nebraska senate colleague, which was Jim Exon (D) from 1989 - 1996 and Chuck Hagel (R) from 1997- 2000.
It is clear that Kerrey's claims to being a moderate, or to 'reaching across the aisle', are hogwash. Year by year, Kerrey voted with the far left of the Democratic party...except for one particularly crass exception, 1994, when he voted like a moderate. 1994, of course, was his re-election year. Kerrey's lifetime ACU ranking was a dismal 8/100. In four of the twelve years he tied or voted more liberally then Teddy Kennedy. In three years (1992, 1995 and 1998) he scored a nice round zero. By comparison, over the same 12 year period, Kent Conrad scored 21, and over Jim Exon's 7 years, he scored 36.

The old knock on Kerrey was that he talked like Ronald Reagan but voted like Teddy Kennedy. As you can see, when he wasn't up for re-election, he voted just like Teddy Kennedy.

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