A while back, in a discussion about Obama, POLJUNK reader Andrew said:
Obama seriously undermined his claim to be a progressive or liberal by voting in favor of the bankruptcy reform bill (maybe he had a drink with Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein afterwards to celebrate?).
I agreed that it was a disappointing vote, and was personally bothered that he would vote for it. Turns out, though, he didn't vote for it, and spoke out against it. A few days after the comment, Andrew emailed me and told me he got it wrong. That made me happy. This morning, I saw a reference to Senator Clinton's support for the 2005 bankruptcy "reform" bill, and I thought I'd doublecheck to see who voted how. According to the Credit Slips blog:
The only Democratic candidate who has a clean record on the 2005 bankruptcy law is Senator Obama. He opposed the bill in his public statements and voted against it when it came to a vote.
A look at the Senate roll call vote confirms that Obama voted Nay, and Clinton, conveniently, didn't vote. But she did make public statements in support of the bill. Also according to Credit Slip, Edwards supported a similar bill in 2001 when he was in the Senate.
So Obama didn't betray his community organizing roots, and in Senator Clinton, we see another example of a senate presidential candidate voting (or not) in anticipation of her presidential campaign, not in the best interest of the American people.
Only 25 Democrats (and no Republicans) voted against the bankruptcy bill.