Sunday, April 16, 2006

The List

Time magazine has set forth a list of the 10 Best Senators in the country, as well as the 5 worst. The criteria seem to mainly be efficacy and power.

TEN BEST (in alphabetical order):
-Thad Cochran (R-MS)
-Kent Conrad (D-ND)
-Dick Durbin (D-IL)
-Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
-Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
-Carl Levin (D-MI)
-Richard Lugar (R-IN)
-John McCain (R-AZ)
-Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
-Arlen Specter (R-PA)

FIVE WORST (alphabetical again):
-Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
insert bold tagsne Allard (R-CO)
-Jim Bunning (R-KY)
-Conrad Burns (R-MT)
-Mark Dayton (D-MN)

None of the governors from the 10 Best list are in tough re-election races in 2006, but Conrad Burns, one of the "5 worst" is. Here's what Time has to say about the Montana Republican:

For starters, he is serially offensive. In the last campaign, Burns called Arabs "ragheads" and had to apologize. In 1994 he played along when a rancher made a demeaning comment about African Americans. Last month he told a woman, within earshot of the media, that he was looking forward to getting "knee-walking drunk."
As for legislating, the former farm-radio broadcaster's record over three terms are meager: Asked what his greatest successes over two decades were, aides touted a cell-phone measure that requires providers to route emergency calls to the closest hospital and another that opens the satellite spectrum to public auction.
Federal investigators are looking into his ties to Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who has admitted bribing lawmakers. In 2003 Burns got the Interior Department to make a $3 million grant to a rich, Michigan-based tribal client of Abramoff's; Burns also received $150,000 in contributions from Abramoff, his co-workers and his clients over the past five years. (Burns has since given those funds to charity.) In an April article in Vanity Fair, Abramoff said, "Every appropriation we wanted [from Burns' committee], we got ... I mean, it's a little difficult for him to run from that record."
Yes Jack, it sure is.


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