With this in mind, it is incredible that a Senator, and a Presidential Candidate would admit that he votes not what he believes is best for the country, but rather how that vote might be used to decide his re-election. This is an issue of Integrity, or rather lack of it, shown by Barack Obama as revealed by an article in the Washington Post (The Outsider's Insider).
It was the fall of 2005, and the celebrated young senator -- still new to Capitol Hill but aware of his prospects for higher office -- was thinking about voting to confirm John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice. Talking with his aides, the Illinois Democrat expressed admiration for Roberts's intellect. Besides, Obama said, if he were president he wouldn't want his judicial nominees opposed simply on ideological grounds. [emphasis mine]He admired Roberts' intellect, but he voted against his nomination to the Supreme Court. Why?
And then [Pete] Rouse, his chief of staff, spoke up. This was no Harvard moot-court exercise, he said. If Obama voted for Roberts, Rouse told him, people would remind him of that every time the Supreme Court issued another conservative ruling, something that could cripple a future presidential run. Obama took it in. And when the roll was called, he voted no. [emphasis mine]Obama voted no not because it was "the right thing to do". He voted against the Roberts' renomination because it was "the Political Thing to do". Senator Obama voted NO, because if he voted for what's best for America it "could cripple a future presidential run". Who's running the Government? The advisers, or the people we elect?
Do we want a President who takes a Poll, before he takes a stand? In 2004, John Kerry ran on the idea that he would take a World Poll to determine Future American Actions. Senator Kerry was rejected by the voters in part because of this stance. It is a sign of weakness, not strength.
Senator Obama has shown once again that he does not have the qualities to be Americas' next President. The facts are that he made a double error of judgment. First when he listened to his advisor, rather than his own best judgment, and second when he publicly admitted his lack of Integrity.