Well, we are one quarter of the way through the 113th Congress and it is time to hand out some grades for the 45 Republican members of the Senate. Yes, I know there are technically 46 with the Republican temporary appointment in New Jersey, but his votes were not counted. There have been 168 roll call votes in the Senate thus far, but not all were included. For example, certain votes involving nominations where the vote was unanimous were not included. Each roll call was then weighted in importance to conservatives on a scale of 10-100. There was a maximum number of points of 3,805. Then I derived a raw score/percentage for each Senator and also graded them on a curve. The average of the raw and curved scores determined their final grade. So, without further ado:
Receiving the letter grade of A+, we have: Ted Cruz of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina. In fact, at this early stage of the game, Scott would be our class valedictorian, although the race with Cruz is very tight right now.
Receiving the letter grade of an A: Mike Crapo of Idaho, Charles Grassley of Iowa, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, James Risch of Idaho, and Pat Roberts of Kansas.
Receiving the grade of A-: James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
With the grade of B+: John Barrasso of Wyoming, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas, John Enzi of Wyoming, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and David Vitter of Louisiana.
Receiving a plain old B: Richard Burr or North Carolina, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Orrin Hatch of Utah, and John Thune of South Dakota.
With a C+ and on the cusp of elevating their score to a B are: John Boozman of Arkansas, Jim Coats of Indiana, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
With a C or C minus, and needing to elevate their conservative game, are: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Now for the Republicans on the cusp of passing or failing, those with a D: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Hoeven of North Dakota, John Isaakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk or Illinois, and John McCain of Arizona.
There is only one “F:” Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
How did those crazy, radical Tea Party infused conservatives elected in 2010 do? Overall, the average score was 86.7. For Republicans elected in 2010, their average score was 86.6 which makes them your average conservative Republican Senator in the 113th Congress- not extreme, not crazy, not nuts, just average in the overall sense.