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  America's Worst Senators - Daniel Akaka: Master of the Minor
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News DateSaturday, April 15, 2006 04:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy all accounts, Daniel Akaka is an affectionate and earnest man. Even a conservative fire-breather like Oklahoma's James Inhofe says his ultraliberal colleague "is a lovable person, and most of us are not that lovable." As a legislator, though, Akaka is living proof that experience does not necessarily yield expertise. After 16 years on the job, the junior Senator from Hawaii is a master of the minor resolution and the bill that dies in committee.

More than a quarter century ago, TIME covered the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Kennedy, "the last of the Kennedy brothers, the youngest, the most vulnerable, the most thoroughly political"
In the 2003-04 Congress, for example, he sponsored a handful of innocuous resolutions commending civil servants and establishing Financial Literacy for Youth Month. He sponsored 29 unambitious bills, almost none of which ever emerged from committee. The three that did become law named a post office, changed the boundary of a national park in Hawaii and nurtured "the development and planning of certain policies, schedules and programs" for postmasters.
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