Progressive Democrats endorse Sen. Akaka
by Bob Schacht, Sat Jun 10, 2006 at 11:58:39 AM EDT
The Progressive Democrats of Hawaii, local chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, has endorsed Sen. Akaka in the election for U.S. Senate (http://pd-hawaii.com/) This endorsement took place in compliance with standards set by the national PDA. Sen. Akaka responded to questions posed by PDH, and his responses are available on the PDH website given above.
His challenger, Rep. Case, did not respond. There is a certain irony in that Rep. Case has challenged Sen. Akaka to public debates, which the Senator has declined to join. Apparently Rep. Case prefers the spoken word to the written word!
A sample of 4 putatively progressive websites all rank Sen. Akaka as more progressive than Rep. Case. For one of them, see the extended entry. I'll write about the others later.
Bart Dame, in a private e-mail written in mid-May that has been circulating here, wrote the following summary of Case's voting record:
The National Journal on Feb 24th published an ideological ranking of all members of Congress. Overall, Ed Case was the 25th most conservative Democrat in the House. 22 of the more conservative Democrats came from the South, so I guess you can say they don't have much freedom on how to vote. Of the two non-Southern Dems, both came from conservative districts that voted for Bush. After looking at the scoring, I can comfortably say that Ed Case is the most conservative Democrat in the House who has a choice on how to vote! The others HAVE to support Bush-- Ed CHOOSES to do so.
On foreign policy matters, only 5 Dems in the House vote more conservatively than Ed. Five! . . .
We know that Ed Case has repeatedly expressed his admiration for Joe Lieberman, but Ed's overall voting record is rated MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN LIEBERMAN'S! The scores are on a 100 point scale. The higher the number, the more conservative the voting record. Ed: got a score of 41.3. Joe Lieberman received a 34.3 For comparison, Henry Cuellar of Texas, being derided by the "netroots" across the country as a sell-out DINO worthy of defeat, got a 44. Daniel Akaka received a score of 21.2.
(You can find all these scores and check the methodology at the National Journal website:
This analysis seems on target, to me.