Excuse me while I toot my own horn.
DW-NOMINATE now ranks Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in a 3-way tie for the 12th most liberal Senator, alongside fellow Northeastern Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). This despite the fact she had a fairly conservative record as a Congresswoman from Upstate. But while her record there was conservative, she was actually more liberal than her district would suggest. Rather than being some sort of tempermental conservative, this shows us that Gillibrand is no dummy, and clearly willing to morph her voting habits to suit her new constituents. Hooray for representative Democracy!