I once worked in a state legislature and know how the legislative process works.
The laundry list you gave me proves zip.
It does not distinguish between bills he sponsored or co-sponsored. The way the process works is that a bill's sponsors, who in more cases than one would expect are from both sides of the aisle, will try to get as many co-sponsors on a bill as they can. If Obama is simply a co-sponsor of a bill, it means really nothing at all. You'd probably find at least twenty co-sponsors of it. It's almost like him trying to take credit for supporting the bill.
And even if he "sponsored" a bill, it does not mean that it was his idea. If it was his idea, you would probably remember the bill as having some significance. Remember for instance the campaign finance reform law known as McCain-Feingold. Or the bill to reform corporate financial reporting which is known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. I do not recall one reference to a Obama---Act, and I did not see one so listed on the site you referenced. If you are aware of an important act known by his name, please let me know.
Moreover, the propodition that a bill passed by Congress is a good idea is itself a logical fallacy. The bill may make law something which is really terrible social policy. I like the old Barry Goldwater adage that he was more interested in seeing what bad laws a person had worked to repeal than what new laws a legislator has adopted. I also remember the maxim that no one's liberty is safe when the Legislature is in session.
Of course many conservatives detest Sen. McCain precisely because of his sponsorship of the McCain-Feingold law.
And let us not forget the accurate charge made by Sen. Clinton that Sen. Obama was too busy running for president to hold legislative hearings on foreign policy.
It is clear that Sen. Obama is not only one of the best rhetoricians we have seen since Ronald Reagan, JFK or Martin Luther King, Jr. but also one of the most intelligent. But intelligence does not always translate into good judgment or courage. Sen. Obama now says at the end of his speeches "God bless America" but he never had the courage to tell Pastor Wright how outrageous it was for him to denounce this country from the pulpit. As Hillary, who now bows in humble obeisiance to the Senator in the vain hope that he will put her on the ticket, once said: "You cannot pick your relatives but you can pick your pastor." Think, friends, if the situation were reversed, if it should suddenly be revealed that Sen. McCain had attended for twenty years, and counted as a friend, a pastor who spewed racial hatred from the pulpit. How far would it get if Sen. McCain protested that the pastor was a friend of his but he had never gotten around to condemn the pastor's racism? It would certainly demonstrate that Sen. McCain lacked the courage to stand up for racial equality to his racist pastor.
This is what someone wrote about the courage Sen. McCain showed when he was a guest at the Hanoi Hilton:
It came to me while I was having dinner with Doris Day. No, not that
Doris Day. The Doris Day who is married to Col. Bud Day, Congressional
Medal of Honor recipient, fighter pilot, Vietnam POW and roommate of
John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton.
As we ate near the Days' home in Florida recently, I heard things about
Sen. McCain that were deeply moving and politically troubling. Moving
because they told me things about him the American people need to know.
And troubling because it is clear that Mr. McCain is one of the most
private individuals to run for president in history.
When it comes to choosing a president, the American people want to know
more about a candidate than policy positions. They want to know about
character, the values ingrained in his heart. For Mr. McCain, that means
they will want to know more about him personally than he has been
willing to reveal.
Mr. Day relayed to me one of the stories Americans should hear. It
involves what happened to him after escaping from a North Vietnamese
prison during the war. When he was recaptured, a Vietnamese captor broke
his arm and said, 'I told you I would make you a cripple.'
The break was designed to shatter Mr. Day's will. He had survived in
prison on the hope that one day he would return to the United States and
be able to fly again. To kill that hope, the Vietnamese left part of a
bone sticking out of his arm, and put him in a misshapen cast. This was
done so that the arm would heal at 'a goofy angle,' as Mr. Day
explained. Had it done so, he never would have flown again.
But it didn't heal that way because of John McCain. Risking severe
punishment, Messrs. McCain and Day collected pieces of bamboo in the
prison courtyard to use as a splint. Mr. McCain put Mr. Day on the floor
of their cell and, using his foot, jerked the broken bone into place.
Then, using strips from the bandage on his own wounded leg and the
bamboo, he put Mr. Day's splint in place.
Years later, Air Force surgeons examined Mr. Day and complimented the
treatment he'd gotten from his captors. Mr. Day corrected them. It was
Dr. McCain who deserved the credit. Mr. Day went on to fly again.
Another story I heard over dinner with the Days involved Mr. McCain
serving as one of the three chaplains for his fellow prisoners. At one
point, after being shuttled among different prisons, Mr. Day had found
himself as the most senior officer at the Hanoi Hilton. So he tapped Mr.
McCain to help administer religious services to the other prisoners.
Today, Mr. Day, a very active 83, still vividly recalls Mr. McCain's
sermons. 'He remembered the Episcopal liturgy,' Mr. Day says, 'and
sounded like a bona fide preacher.' One of Mr. McCain's first sermons
took as its text Luke 20:25 and Matthew 22:21, 'render unto Caesar what
is Caesar's and unto God what is God's.' Mr. McCain said he and his
fellow prisoners shouldn't ask God to free them, but to help them become
the best people they could be while serving as POWs. It was Caesar who
put them in prison and Caesar who would get them out. Their task was to
act with honor.
As the old saying goes, Obama may talk the talk but McCain has walked the walk.
There is now question that Sen. Obama has the least legislative experience of any presidential candidate in modern history. And that is the scary thing.
Sen. McCain is a genuine and courageous war hero who risked death to help his fellow political prisoners. Gee, what other presidential candidate do I remember who is remembered for his courage in saving his fellow soldiers when the Japanese sunk his ship? Sen. McCain is indeed the JFK in this case when it comes to both personal and political courage. Obama's failure to stand up and protest his pastor's outrageous statements is the exact antithesis of the politicians JFK memorialized in "Profiles in Courage"--politicians who were willing to sacrifice their career and ambitions to stand up for what was right. Obama only abandoned his pastor when it was clear the pastor was becoming a political albatross to him; he embraced him when he needed his support in Chicago. Sen. McCain has demonstrated that political courage by taking stands that cost him the support of many conservatives--which could have cost him the nomination of his party.