- Pat Roberts: 65%
- Jerry Moran: 74%
- Kevin Yoder: 77%
- Lynn Jenkins: 79%
- Mike Pompeo: 85%
- Tim Huelskamp: 92%
Obama’s political victory: Getting the GOP to break its tax pledge is “One of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple of decades.”
Breitbart: “a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.”
Tax increase for 77% of Americans.
Senate roll call vote. 89 vote yes, 8 vote no.
Sen. Rand Paul votes no: “The deal will do absolutely nothing to save this country.”
Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) votes “no” - “because the deal did not have meaningful deficit reduction.”
Video, Charles Krauthammer: The House Has Been “Neutered” By Obama
Corporate subsidies in bill – algae, movie studios - Tim Carney at The W ashington Examiner.
Paul Ryan votes “yes.” Erick Erickson: “…he’s not really a leader. He’s more a follower of leaders.”
Heritage Action is the 501c4 lobbying arm of theHeritage Foundation. They’ve released whatDaniel Horowitz at RedState describes as “the first comprehensive conservative report card of Congress.” Horowitz writes, “We can now determine which members of the ‘Tea Party Congress’ drink a hardcore brew.”
Unlike most other scorecards, this one was designed to separate the men from the boys. Most traditional scorecards, and most prominently, the ACU annual report, tend to focus primarily on those votes which fundamentally divide the two parties. They fail to probe some of the more courageous conservative votes against party leadership.
To that end, any Republican who is even minimally conservative is expected to score at or near 100%. After all, at a minimum, any Republican should oppose Obamacare, vote down tax increases, and support the Republican annual budget. This is how the likes of McCain, Graham, and Chambliss have been able to achieve stellar scores. Except for those like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Dick Lugar, most Republicans will vote with their party on the final roll call of major bills. In fact, anyone who is not on the list of 100% is someone who has voted with the Democrats in contravention to fundamental Republican values. A perfect ACU score should be the floor, not the ceiling, for a conservative voting record.
The Heritage Action scorecard digs much deeper.
In just the first seven months of the legislative session, they scored 30 votes in the House and 19 in the Senate, many of which dealt with obscure amendments that sought to cut spending beyond the comfort zone of GOP leaders. (more…)
Gov. Crist is talking about “less taxes, less government, and more freedom,” but his actions have not demonstrated much passion for those principles. In early 2009, he energetically campaigned with Obama for the ineffective, wasteful “stimulus” that received no Republican votes in the US House, and only 3 Republican votes in the US Senate (with one of those “Republicans” being now-Democrat Arlen Specter of Pennyslvania).
In late May 2009, Crist broke a no-new-tax pledge that he had made in 2006, prior to becoming governor…
The Crist endorsement is not the only sign of disconnect within the NRSC. Cornyn failed to predict Arlen Specter’s April 28 defection to the Democratic party. Former conservative Congressman Pat Toomey had announced a challenge to Specter in the 2010 GOP Senate primary. In early-to-mid April, Cornyn said, “”My job as head of the NRSC is to guide the GOP back to a majority in the Senate. I can’t do that without Arlen Specter.” Just weeks later, Specter was a Democrat, and Cornyn was writing a $5,000 check to Toomey’s campaign.
And even after Specter had left the Republican party, long-time Utah Senator and NRSC Vice Chairman Orrin Hatch (also apparently unaware of Specter’s intentions to switch parties) was still talking down Toomey’s chances of winning the general election.
On the Fourth of July, Sen. John Cornyn, who supported the TARP bank bailout program, returned to Texas’ Capital City of Austin for a tea party, and was “was booed at the start and close of his remarks.”
“You’re the problem,” someone yelled…
It’s almost certain that the winner of the 2010 Republican Senate primary between Congressman Jerry Moran and Congressman Todd Tiahrt will then go on to win the general election. In 2011, one of them will be voting on the leadership at the NRSC.
This week, we will forward this editorial to the respective campaigns of Moran and Tiahrt, and ask them what their feelings are with regard to the current performance of the NRSC under John Cornyn. In particular: should the NRSC remain neutral in the Florida primary race between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio?
Moran for Senate campaign: We spoke on the phone with Jerry Moran’s campaign manager Aaron Trost, who said that First District Congressman Moran will not be getting involved in issues or campaigns that aren’t directly related to his Senate campaign. For another example of Moran remaining neutral, Trost said that Moran has not yet endorsed (and we presume he won’t endorse) in the very competitive Republican primary race in the First District.
Tiahrt for Senate campaign: Not only is Tiahrt not commenting, but the Tiahrt campaign, so far, is not returning any attempts at communication. After two Emails to a Tiahrt field director — one on July 4 and another on July 7 — and one phone message with a live answerer at Tiahrt’s Wichita campaign location last Thursday, July 16, we’ve heard nothing back from Tiahrt.
Nebraska Senator Mike Johann’s decision to refuse earmarks will greatly increase the pressure on Kansas Congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran to do the same thing. Currently, their US Senate primary fight is virtually non-issue-based, as both are near-replicas of moderate Republican President President Bush: family men, socially conservative, but not fiscally conservative.
The Republican party, in recent years, has lost in large part because of the party’s hypocrisy on spending. It’s not yet clear that Tiahrt and Moran know this.
From the Associated Press:
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska said Thursday he won’t ask for earmarks in this year’s budget, because he’s not confident the system is transparent or based on merit.
Johanns, a freshman Republican, said in a year of unprecedented federal spending, he believes most Nebraskans will support his decision.
In a release to the news media Johanns said, “While I do believe attempts to reform the earmarking process are a start … they have not gone far enough.”
Senator Johanns deserves high praise for this. He is now only the 8th Senator to swear off pork.
According to Stay Red Kansas, Claeys earned 61.7% of the vote compared to 38.3% for Kris Kobach. Claeys is a Salina native and former president of a national trade association. He is also a former reporter for KSAL radio. Kobach is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Claeys arrives in El Salvador Tuesday to serve as an international elections observer for the presidential elections there on Sunday. Claeys is a certified international elections observer, running for the office that oversees Kansas elections.
In the Senate Race, Jerry Moran Defeated Todd Tiahrt 64.3% to 35.7%. In the Governor’s Race Sam Brownback defeated Ron Thornburgh 62.3% to 37.7%.
From Tim Huelskamp:
National Pro-Family Leader Rev.
Louis Sheldon Endorses Tim Huelskamp March 6, 2009
“This is a crucial time for our nation, and we need leaders who have a clear record we can count on…and Tim Huelskamp is such a leader.”
National Conservative Leader Rev. Louis Sheldon, Chairman of the influential Traditional Values Coalition, announced his endorsement of Senator Tim Huelskamp for Congress…
“I am proud to officially announce my personal endorsement of State Senator Tim Huelskamp for Congress in Kansas’ first district. (more…)
From Jerry Moran:
This Week in Congress
By Congressman Jerry Moran
March 2, 2009
Welcome to “This Week in Congress.” I hope you find this newsletter useful.
Visiting with a Kansas Military Hero
This week, I attended the President’s State of the Budget speech. President Obama delivered his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday night. During his address, the President laid out his economic priorities for the year, which included a focus on energy, education and heath care.
I was honored to have Army Sgt. Ryan Newell as my guest. Sgt. Newell grew up in Goddard, Kansas and has served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year in Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded beneath his armored Humvee. The attack caused Sgt. Newell to lose both legs. For the past 12 months he has been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has learned to walk again on prosthetic legs. (more…)