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Why Are These Guys the GOP Leadership?

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.

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. The disconnects between a center-right populace and a conservative GOP base vs the leadership in the GOP astounds…or are we out-numbered…? Are there really only a few conservative senators and less than 57 in the House? It seems so.

      • In fact, it is your previous columns that document the paucity of true tea partiers that were elected as such and voted as such. Yes, and until they get “supreme confidence in conservatism” and vote as such, we are outnumbered, not just in the House as a whole but even in the GOP caucus by those that do not have such supreme confidence. The real test is how they vote when the pressure is on over shut-downs. Only a small minority passed those tests and many others that you have so ably documented on other votes. Being “more conservative” than Cantor is not the test. Doing what they promised before the 2010 election was and remains the test.

  2. This morning I had a chance to speak about the wimps in the leadership roles in Congress while going through the Senate Redistricting referendum paperwork dropped off at my house for volunteers to gather signatures. The consensus was they lack sand and strength
    in their spines.

    Conservative representation will be gerrymandered out of existence here in California if this in not stopped.

    God grant us the time to turn this state and nation back from the event horizon of that damnable black hole.

    • The wimps in leadership, yes. But we have wimps that were elected in 2010. We can’t fix this crisis thru election cycles. Those that get re-elected must fear transgressing tea partier voters and they must fear quickly. Time is running out on market fantasies that keep the next crash at bay…imho.

    • I should also add that ColdWarrior’s strategy will play an important role in taking back the party. My precinct spot is full, but since I attended my first meeting, I know who fills it. She is pretty good, and I helped her with some GOTV for the yes on issue 2 in Ohio this past week.

      • If we had a GOP President elected in a landslide witha mandate to take an axe to the budget, we could “create” a tea party majority thru fear of that popular conservative President LEADER with courage. That is the only way we save America from debt-precipitated decline.

    • My worry, given that so many that ran as tea partiers and won in 2010 but that have voted with the Establishment on many occasions, is that we will never elect a majority of tea partiers that will have the courage to vote as such unless we elect a true conservative President that can give them cover for deep cuts and whom they fear to transgress. We don all this work to get them to DC and not more than 25-57 turn out to be willing to oppose the leadership, much less throw them out. They get co-opted.

  3. We have a sorry bunch at the top. Lamar Alexander and Kyl are out for next time. Thankfully. Rubio, anybody?

    You could see this coming right after the election when McCarthy and the detestable Fred Upton were elevated. S.O.S.

    I’m reluctant to say such only a year out from the next election. It’s just that they have performed so miserably from a constitutional perspective. We don’t have to have pure voters or pure conservatives in every seat. A little guts WOULD be nice.

  1. The disconnects between a center-right populace and a conservative GOP base vs the leadership in the GOP astounds…or are we out-numbered…? Are there really only a few conservative senators and less than 57 in the House? It seems so.

      • In fact, it is your previous columns that document the paucity of true tea partiers that were elected as such and voted as such. Yes, and until they get “supreme confidence in conservatism” and vote as such, we are outnumbered, not just in the House as a whole but even in the GOP caucus by those that do not have such supreme confidence. The real test is how they vote when the pressure is on over shut-downs. Only a small minority passed those tests and many others that you have so ably documented on other votes. Being “more conservative” than Cantor is not the test. Doing what they promised before the 2010 election was and remains the test.

  2. This morning I had a chance to speak about the wimps in the leadership roles in Congress while going through the Senate Redistricting referendum paperwork dropped off at my house for volunteers to gather signatures. The consensus was they lack sand and strength
    in their spines.

    Conservative representation will be gerrymandered out of existence here in California if this in not stopped.

    God grant us the time to turn this state and nation back from the event horizon of that damnable black hole.

    • The wimps in leadership, yes. But we have wimps that were elected in 2010. We can’t fix this crisis thru election cycles. Those that get re-elected must fear transgressing tea partier voters and they must fear quickly. Time is running out on market fantasies that keep the next crash at bay…imho.

    • I should also add that ColdWarrior’s strategy will play an important role in taking back the party. My precinct spot is full, but since I attended my first meeting, I know who fills it. She is pretty good, and I helped her with some GOTV for the yes on issue 2 in Ohio this past week.

      • If we had a GOP President elected in a landslide witha mandate to take an axe to the budget, we could “create” a tea party majority thru fear of that popular conservative President LEADER with courage. That is the only way we save America from debt-precipitated decline.

    • My worry, given that so many that ran as tea partiers and won in 2010 but that have voted with the Establishment on many occasions, is that we will never elect a majority of tea partiers that will have the courage to vote as such unless we elect a true conservative President that can give them cover for deep cuts and whom they fear to transgress. We don all this work to get them to DC and not more than 25-57 turn out to be willing to oppose the leadership, much less throw them out. They get co-opted.

  3. We have a sorry bunch at the top. Lamar Alexander and Kyl are out for next time. Thankfully. Rubio, anybody?

    You could see this coming right after the election when McCarthy and the detestable Fred Upton were elevated. S.O.S.

    I’m reluctant to say such only a year out from the next election. It’s just that they have performed so miserably from a constitutional perspective. We don’t have to have pure voters or pure conservatives in every seat. A little guts WOULD be nice.

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