In 2010 the Republicans won big in the midterm elections. Out of 34 seats in the US Senate, they took 24 of them. Had we won 28 of the 34, the Republicans would be in the majority. Out of 435 seats in the US House, we won 243 of them and now hold the majority. Indeed, every Republican was filled with elation. This elation has not lasted due to the cowardice and timidity of Republican leadership in Congress.
One year from now there will be 33 seats up for grabs in the US Senate. If the Republicans win 10 less seats than they did in 2010 the Republicans will be in the majority in the Senate. A satisfying election result is not enough for me. I want a complete change of the Republican leadership in both the Senate and the House.
I appreciate the Heritage Action Scorecard website for information on how they are voting. The vote is the most important responsibility that any member of Congress has. It does not help with scoring the House Speaker’s votes because as Speaker of the entire House, he participates infrequently in the floor votes. However, it is still informative with respect to the House Majority Leader, House Whip, and all the GOP leadership in the Senate.
Here are the grades and the place they rank for the 2 House and 3 Senate GOP leaders.
VA-7 Eric Cantor Majority Leader 61% 164th place in House
CA-22 Kevin McCarthy Majority Whip 62% 159th place in House
KY Mitch McConnell Minority Leader 72% 27th place in Senate
AZ Jon Kyle Minority Whip 74% 25th place in Senate
TN Lamar Alexander Conference Chair 63% 38th place in Senate
These results are embarrassing. Three of the five do not even vote conservative 2/3rds of the time. The other two are not voting with the conservatives 80% of the time. The elected Republicans in the US Congress absolutely must do a better job in 2013 in selecting their leadership. My pen name is not “Jaded,” but I am becoming jaded by these elected members who return to their state and district to bloviate about being conservative. Their votes and leadership demonstrates that they masquerade as conservatives – all the while voting to maintain Big Government and the Establishment status quo.
Making the correct decisions to elect conservatives into the Senate and House leadership reminds me of Vassar’s friend, Moses Sands.
No, that ain’t bravery…
…that is supreme confidence.