Diary

39% -- A Number to Shoot For

The scores are in, and with the exception of a Democrat who served for just one month, the Democrat most ‘loyal’ to the Bush agenda in the last Congress was (former) Democratic Representative Nick Lampson:

One House Democrat, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, supported Bush 100 percent of the time — but she was only a member for about a month, sworn in on Nov. 19 to replace a member who died.

All other House Democrats gave Bush little support. The second-most supportive was Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Texas, at 39 percent. He was followed by Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla., at 36 percent; Jim Marshall,, D-Ga., and Melissa Bean, D-Ill., at 33 percent; then Matheson at 32 percent.

The full scorecard is here. If you play with it, you’ll see that not counting Rep. Fudge, there were a total of 5 Democratic Representatives who voted to support the President’s position more than 30 percent of the time.

Never let it be said that I am a relentless partisan: I think it would be entirely appropriate for as many as 5 Republicans to vote with Barack Obama more than 30 percent of the time, and to have one who voted with him 39 percent of the time. After all, ruthlessly partisan intransigence on the part of the opposition party would probably lead to a failed presidency — particularly in time of war and recession.

And no one but the most naked partisan would want that.