Is it surprising that we haven’t seen a greater effort to promote the dissemination of congressional voting records over the Internet? I’m sure that many people will disagree, but I would suggest that the Senate Vote Record website is a decent attempt at transparency.
With presidential elections less than two years ahead it seems that there is a real opportunity for hopefuls to catalog and explain their voting record on their website. Now is the time that candidates could gain a real foothold with the American people by speaking directly to them. It has never been as easy or as free.
What are they afraid of? There is no reason to go on TV and bring in editors that may distort their message.
On a related note, Katrina vanden Heuvel has a great article about the top ten bills that would help the country if they are passed.