Or at least they should be. Colby Itkowitz gets another one wrong:
To start, Dent is taking the place of former Delaware Rep. Mike Castle (who lost his primary bid for the Senate to “I’m not a witch” Christine O’Donnell) as the lead Republican co-sponsor on legislation to allow federal funding for stem cell medical research. This isn’t going to be very popular with the social conservatives of the 15th district, but the district leans Democrat and Dent has succeeded there by hugging the political center.
Is it true that Charlie Dent has been “hugging the political center”?
That’s what Colby Itkowitz is always telling us, but it just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The more likely reason for Mr. Dent’s popularity is that the Morning Call does a lousy job of holding him accountable for his votes.
Was the vote to end Medicare hugging the political center? How about the vote against the Affordable Care Act? The vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
Voting against every single jobs bill that’s been proposed since the financial crisis? Opposing every bill to reregulate Wall Street? Insisting on 100% spending cuts for deficit reduction?
If we’re going by the Congressman’s actual voting record, he’s voting like a loyal rightwinger on all the major issues. Every few months he picks a token minor issue to break with the party on, and the media laps it up.
Rather than using his real voting record to take his measure, Colby is taking Charlie Dent’s brand at face value. That is what makes her such an ineffective journalist.
Rich Wilkins also comments.