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50 Blogs for Feingold Action Team
“It's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Feingold vs. Bayh: Big Differences

Since yesterday's post comparing Russ Feingold to Mark Warner was so well received, I'm going to run with the idea and do comparisons featuring Russ versus various contenders from the far right wing of the party.

Today, we'll look at Evan Bayh. I want to restate that these ideogy models are obviously a simple pictures of a complex reality, but I found them quite telling and a good starting point for deeper debate.

Here are the differences that I found most interesting:


Feingold

Bayh

Overall Rating

Populist-Leaning Liberal

Moderate Liberal Populist

Abortion is a Woman's Right

Strongly Favors

No Opinion

Privatize Social Security

Strongly Opposes

No Opinion

Death Penalty

Strongly Opposes

Strongly Favors

Mandatory Three Strikes Laws

Strongly Opposes

No Opinion

Support and Expand Free Trade

Strongly Opposes

Strongly Favors

Link Human Rights to Trade With China

Strongly Favors

Strongly Opposes

Allow Churches to Provide Welfare Services

No Opinion

Favors

One need only look at this page to see that I'm not a disintrested observer on this question. However, the only bias I can imagine that I put into this table is the choice of issues to show. If you feel the comparison isn't fair, I encourage reasonable responses.

The sources for this table are http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Russell_Feingold.htm and http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Evan_Bayh.htm.

Added 3:20 PM: Bayh got a 56% rating from ACLU in the 108th Congress. Feingold scored 89%. The ACLU Scorecard is here.