Yes, Barry Pump, this blog is not above rewarding shameless begging: you get a Catch of the Day (or at least half of one) for spotting an apparent goof in the numbers in NYT columnist David Brooks's ode to Mark Kirk. Bump caught that Brooks seems to have messed up in reporting Kirk's ADA score, promoting him from inside the pack of GOP moderates to it's left end. OK, it's a little light, and it doesn't really undermine the piece, but it's a good blog and anyway, I'm a straight partisan, with Our Side in this case being blogging political scientists. So: nice catch!
More later about Brooks general points about politicians.