John McCain Vote Skipping Leads to Laughable Hypocrisy

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Everyone knows that John McCain skips more votes in the Senate than just about anyone, once going five straight weeks without voting.

The media doesn’t make that big of a deal out of McCain’s habit of skipping out on his day job, but this newest development can’t be ignored. McCain went before a Philadelphia town hall today and called for action on law enforcement, worker education, and VA health care. But just yesterday he missed votes in the Senate that remedied problems in these three areas. See the details, after the jump:

McCain TODAY: Will Support Law Enforcement: McCain called the spike in murders in Philadelphia area “tragic and terrible” and said “I can commit that I will provide whatever support I can to law enforcement agencies.” [Town Hall in Springfield, PA, 3/14/08]

McCain LAST NIGHT: Skipped Vote to Increase Funding for COPS Program. McCain skips vote on amendment “To increase 2009 funding for the COPS program…” [2008 Senate Amendment 4164 to S.Con.Res.70, agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote; Thomas.loc.gov]

McCain TODAY: Educate Displaced Workers. “We have to have education and training programs that work….America has got to give these people a second chance.” [Town Hall in Springfield, PA, 3/14/08]

McCain LAST NIGHT: Skipped Vote to on Worker Training Program. McCain skips vote on amendment “To improve the training of manufacturing workers…” [2008 Senate Amendment 4155 to S.Con.Res.70, agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote; Thomas.loc.gov]

McCain TODAY: Complained About Wait Times at VA Hospitals. [Town Hall in Springfield, PA, 3/14/08]

McCain LAST NIGHT: Skipped Vote to Help Veterans Get Veterans the Care They Need. McCain skips vote on amendment “To provide the Veterans Benefits Administration with additional resources to more effectively meet their increasing workload and to better address the unacceptably large claims backlog.” [2008 Senate Amendment 4194 to S.Con.Res.70, agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote; Thomas.loc.gov]

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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