That National Journal ranking of Obama as "most liberal":
Was junk, as Josh Patashnik of The New Republic explains
. Unfortunately, it's taken hold and has even been mentioned by liberal pundits, from time to time.
They say Obama is more liberal than Bernie Sanders, which allows McCain to wonder if Obama might be a socialist. The National Journal
has no integrity in this matter. But just as in 2004 when it said Kerry was the most liberal senator, they generate "facts" via flawed methodology that help Republicans.
But hey, they're respected in the beltway (PBS' Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal