You’re probably more tired of politics than I am, but somebody has to be the voice of reason around here. I apologize to my physics-loving nonpolitical readers and urge those of you fitting that description to avoid anything I write with the politics tag. It will all be over soon.
Charge: “In 1994, John McCain voted against legislation — pushed through Congress by Joe Biden — that helped put an end to the practice of charging rape victims for sexual assault exams.”
Truth: Yes, he did. But the bill in question wasn’t anything like a “Financial Help For Rape Victims Act”, it was H.R.3355, the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994”, an omnibus crime bill that ran to thousands of pages
The rape-kit payment provision is one section fitting on one page. The bill is better known for one of its much longer and more notable sections, which was the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. It was a true travesty of legislation, making the lives of responsible gun owners much more difficult by banning purely cosmetic features and magazines of more than 10 rounds. It proved to be ineffective against crime, as demonstrated by the complete failure of anything bad to happen after its expiration. I’d have voted against the bill in a heartbeat myself.
There’s liberal reasons to have opposed the bill as well. It massively increased the number of death penalty offenses and eliminated inmate education. The Violence Against Women sections were largely admirable, but the ACLU expressed concern about some provisions, and indeed some parts of the bill were in fact found to be unconstitutional in US v. Morrison.
If you oppose McCain or Obama, do so because of the issues and positions they actually hold. Don’t do it on the basis of the high-frequency feedback squeal of misinformation that is the political blogosphere.