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.

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Lady Penguin
November 5, 2011 3:34 pm

Those are appalling ratings on the leadership, but it shows exactly why we’re in the boat we are. If we don’t change the top, we’re doomed.

November 5, 2011 3:47 pm

Keep up the drumbeat, Pil. It will take a few more newbies, but the consevative caucus we’re looking for will materialize.

Mike gamecock DeVine
November 5, 2011 3:51 pm

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.

November 5, 2011 6:01 pm

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.

Kenny Martsolf
November 6, 2011 12:38 am

It is going to take more than a couple of election cycles to fix the problems within the party. We need to continue to fight to elect strong conservatives, and eventually they will in turn elect conservative leadership. This process has only just begun.

Mike gamecock DeVine
November 6, 2011 8:04 am

To “lead” while the Dems have the White House requires the courage to shut down the government.

November 6, 2011 11:02 am

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.