Bachmann And Kucinich, The Sensible Center

by Jonathan Chait | March 5, 2010

David Jarman points out that National Journal's "most conservative/most liberal" rankings make no sense:

Consider Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who is generally regarded as one of the most liberal politicians in the nation, let alone Congress. And yet he finished in 160th place in the "most liberal" rankings. Or there’s netroots heroes Alan Grayson (170th place in the House) and Russ Feingold (55th most liberal in the Senate).
The same holds on the other end of the spectrum. Rep. Ron Paul, who finished first in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s 2012 presidential straw poll just a few weeks ago, is rated as the 140th most conservative member of the House. And bomb-thrower Michele Bachmann is stuck in 28th place.

Jarman explains why this happens. The lesson for the rest of us, in the meantime, is to stop paying attention to those rankings.

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