[The Washington Post]
“I’m not a particularly ideological person,” President Obama told a group of Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Seattle on Sunday night.
Republican eyes’ rolled. This president, they believe, is one of the most ideological — and liberal — chief executives in modern history, as evidenced by his records from the state Senate to the U.S. Senate to the White House. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted earlier this month, 45 percent of respondents said Obama was too liberal for them. Gallup polling shows that the gap between how Obama is perceived by Democrats and Republican approaches historic highs for the office.
So, what does his record say? Is Obama the most liberal president in recent history or, as he contends, something well short of an ideological warrior?
Let’s start with National Journal’s vote ratings. There are three years — 2005, 2006 and 2007 — that can be analyzed. (Obama didn’t vote enough on NJ’s key votes in 2008 to register a score.)