Couple of holes in that Politifact chart of votes:

  1. When somebody votes “no” on something, it doesn’t tell you if they disagree with the legislation, or if they agree with it in principle, but they believe it is deficient enough (usually described as “doesn’t go far enough”) so as to make it unsupportable. So, putting up a chart with a bunch of “yes/no” positions by two candidates is misleading. Did Mr. Sanders not vote for Comp Immigration Reform in 2007 because (a) it was MORE progressive than his position, or (b) it was LESS progressive than his position? Charts like this are silent on those important distinctions.
  2. The Ex-IM Bank is generally considered to be a source of corporate welfare. The fact that Mrs. Clinton voted FOR it doesn’t make her “progressive”, and the fact that Mr. Sanders voted AGAINST it is in line with his image as a progressive politician.
  3. The chart omits points relevant to Sanders voters, to the extent I understand them (not being one). The one that jumps out is the Iraq Authorization to use Military Force, which Clinton voted YES, and Sanders (then in the House) voted NO.

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