wrong. he didn’t miss THE vote… he missed 2 of them. if you’re a senator or rep and are truly passionate about a bill, you do what you’re there for and vote for it. anybody can release a positive statement of a bill’s outcome… anybody. then again, missing votes was the norm.
I know, and again it’s a lame and a huge reach. A Senator isn’t a generic “anybody”. If a Senator were to express their support or reject a bill or idea, or any other thing it would carry a tad bit more weight than if Harry in accounting would have released a statement. Also, few people expect maybe friends and family care when Harry cheats or does anything else morally unsound. When a Senator fucks up, the country pays attention. Anyway, you’re basically asking me to ignore his record. Ignore his support and work towards reducing student debt before the vote, and ignore his support and work towards reducing student after the vote, ignore the fact that he’s been pushing this for years both on non election years and election years, and focus on him missing a couple of votes. And even if I did all that, it still would mean bumpkiss because I have no idea why he missed the vote, and the only evidence of his thinking is a positive statement supporting the reducing student debt. Even the article you presented originally shows that he supported reducing student loan debt years ago. But let take this even further: Let’s push aside that Obama has already push for and signed a student law reform bill that was partly what he campaigned on.
Let’s pretend that I accept your argument and agree that Obama isn’t “passionate” about this until an election year. Why on earth should I care about a politician’s passion level when that politician is pushing for something and pressuring congress to pass something that benefits me, other students, and the economy?
If a politician decides the way to get my vote is by actually supporting the things I support, pressuring others to vote the same way, and signing laws that that I support than I’m okay with that. I rather have that then be called lazy.