Corrected Numbers for Sen. McCaskill
Good news for Sen. Claire McCaskill. The government watchdogs at Pork Busters made an error. In a new report, Pork Busters mistakenly gave McCaskill the third worst Senate earmark index reform score of 16.6. The score was derived from 12 votes considered to be genuine opportunities to support earmark reform. A look at McCaskill’s vote-by-vote analysis finds that she was mistakenly held accountable for five votes cast prior to her election last fall.
This doesn’t improve her score by too much, but we present the correction because we strive for accuracy.
It’s not our goal here to try to make particular politicians look bad —? our goal is to make a case for good policy and good political decisions. That may mean we criticize bad policy at times, but we’re also happy to see good efforts to succeed. And I genuinely hope that McCaskill’s efforts to reform the congressional earmark process are successful. It’s a battle well worth fighting.