Mag Names Most Liberal, Conservative Lawmakers

Rankings show ideology trumping Obama's change agenda
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 5:10 PM CST
Mag Names Most Liberal, Conservative Lawmakers
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell talks with Jon Kyl as majority leader Harry Reid walks by, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, during the health care reform meeting at the Blair House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

National Journal's rankings of the most liberal and conservative lawmakers confirm that President Obama's first term has had little effect on the partisan atmosphere in Congress. Most members stick to the ideological positions they've staked out for most of their careers, with Sherrod Brown, John Kerry, and Chris Dodd among the most liberal senators and Jim Inhofe atop the conservative rankings. The House list looks similarly familiar.

The rankings also show how thoroughly the 2008 elections wiped out moderate Republicans. Of the "10 in the middle" centrist category, all 20—from the House and Senate—are Democrats, with the exception of Joe Lieberman. The Connecticut independent summed up the situation with an awkward sound bite: "With every passing year, the hyperpartisanship has been getting more hyper." Click here to check out the rankings. (More President Obama stories.)

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