According to Congressional Quarterly, John McCain voted with George Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007, and has voted with him 100 percent so far this year. There are a few caveats, however:
As of last week, John McCain has voted in support of President Bush’s policies 100 percent of the time this year!
Of course, that’s based on only six votes.
That’s the result of CQ’s latest tally of the future nominees’ voting records in the Senate this year, which includes all of the votes that have taken place through the end of last week. It covers all the times they have sided with Bush — the measure Obama prefers to use — and all the times they have broken with the party line, the measure McCain prefers.
Obama has made an issue of McCain’s support of Bush, for obvious reasons (Bush is a bit radioactive with the public right now). In his speech Tuesday night, Obama noted that McCain voted with Bush 95 percent of the time last year.
But McCain missed more than half of the votes last year, and the ones where he sided with Bush don’t always mean what they seem to mean — since many of them were on immigration, an issue where most Democrats actually agreed with Bush and McCain.
This year is no different. McCain has only made 26 percent of the votes this year, and Obama has only made 44 percent. So their scores aren’t based on a huge number of roll calls. (Through last week, the Senate had taken 140 votes, and only 28 of them were based on issues where Bush took a public position.)