On Thursday, Ted Kennedy, who is suffering from a brain tumor that needs daily treatment, flew from Boston to DC in order to cast a vote on a Medicare bill. With this one vote — the only vote he has cast since he was diagnosed on May 20 — he now has voted more often in the last 3 months than McCain.
The last time McCain bothered to show up for work was April 8, missing 76 votes since then, including at least one where the bill in question lost by only a single vote. He has given speeches calling Social Security “a total disgrace” but he didn’t bother to show up to vote on it. Most frustrating was the GI benefits bill, which he vocally opposed, then didn’t bother to vote on. And when it passed, he tried to take credit for its passage.
While it is true that Congress critters running for the presidency often miss a few votes, this is ridiculous. During the current session of Congress, McCain has missed a total of 374 votes, more than any other Senator.