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Running away from Bush

Norm Coleman voted with the White House 64 percent of the time last year--the lowest level of political fealty since he took office, according to a

new analysis

by Congressional Quarterly. In fact the senator's loyalty to the White House has steadily eroded since he took office.

In 2003 he sided with the Bush administration on 93 percent of votes, and followed that up with a 92 percent rate of GOP-loyalty in 2004. But in 2005 and 2006, Coleman voted with the White House a mere 77 percent of the time.

Surely this surge of independent thinking on the part of Minnesota's senior senator has nothing to do with the fact that he's running for re-election this year in a state where the President is held in extraordinarily low regard.


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