National Journal's Vote Ratings
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The National Journal's vote ratings are out, compiled from a list of 149 key congressional roll-call votes in the past year (63 votes in the Senate and 86 in the House). The following are the top ten Senators rated "most liberal" and "most conservative" in 2004. Note to those who care: Senator John Kerry, he of the previous "most liberal" label, did not vote enough to qualify for a rating. But he'll have plenty of time now to make up for it.
Most Conservative Rating Most Liberal Rating Don Nickles (R-OK) 91.5 Daniel Akaka (D-HI) 94.0 Craig Thomas (R-WY) 91.5 Richard Durbin (D-IL) 93.2 Wayne Allard (R-CO) 90.8 Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 92.2 Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 90.8 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) 91.2 Mike Enzi (R-WY) 90.3 Jack Reed (D-RI) 90.3 Conrad Burns (R-MT) 89.5 Jon Corzine (D-NJ) 89.3 Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) 88.3 Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) 88.5 Jim Bunning (R-KY) 87.3 Carl Levin (D-MI) 88.5 Larry Craig (R-ID) 87.3 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 85.7 Mike Crapo (R-ID) 87.3 Tom Harkin (D-IA) 84.5
I miss Don Nickles already, though I wonder if Senator Trainwreck would think his 91.5 a bit skittish. Prospective 2008 candidates and other tabulations are below.
Here are some prospective 2008 Presidential candidates - note that Allen and Frist are in the middle, but Santorum is actually left of the GOP center in his combined scores. On the Dem side, Clinton has a far more liberal ranking than Bayh.
Conservative Scores '04 Lifetime Liberal Scores '04 Lifetime Sam Brownback (R-KS) 84.2 82.5 John Kerry (D-MA) NA 85.7 Rick Santorum (R-PA) 70.7 78.8 Hillary Clinton (D-NY) 71.0 80.7 George Allen (R-VA) 75.5 78.2 Russ Feingold (D-WI) 82.8 80.2 Bill Frist (R-TN) 77.0 77.2 Chris Dodd (D-CT) 78.8 78.9 John McCain (R-AZ) 51.7 73.3 Joe Biden (D-DE) 78.7 76.6 Chuck Hagel (R-NE) 58.5 71.7 Evan Bayh (D-IN) 61.7 61.9 Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 69.0 67.4
The Senate's swing votes are as follows (now retired - Zell Miller and John Breaux):
Most Liberal GOPers Most Conservative Dems Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) 52.5 Zell Miller (D-GA) 75.5 Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 50.8 Ben Nelson (D-NE) 48.8 John McCain (R-AZ) 48.3 Max Baucus (D-MT) 42.7 Arlen Specter (R-PA) 48.3 Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 40.2 Mike DeWine (R-OH) 48.2 John Breaux (D-LA) 39.8
The House's swing votes are as follows (note: Amo Houghton, Charles Stenholm, Chris John, Brad Carson and Ken Lucas are no longer in the House, Rodney Alexander switched to the GOP):
Most Liberal GOPers Most Conservative Dems Jim Leach (R-IA) 57.8 Gene Taylor (D-MS) 54.2 Ron Paul (R-TX) 57.7 Charles Stenholm (D-TX) 51.5 Chris Shays (R-CT) 56.7 Rodney Alexander (D-LA) 51.3 Amo Houghton (R-NY) 51.8 Chris John (D-LA) 50.5 Nancy Johnson (R-CT) 51.8 Allen Boyd (D-FL) 50.3 Mike Castle (R-DE) 51.2 Bud Cramer (D-AL) 48.8 S. Boehlert (R-NY) 51.0 Brad Carson (D-OK) 48.7 Tim Johnson (R-IL) 50.8 Ken Lucas (D-KY) 48.5 Mark Kirk (R-IL) 50.8 Lincoln Davis (D-TN) 48.3 Rob Simmons (R-CT) 50.8 Mike McIntyre (D-NC) 48.2