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The Leaders Are Not The Cream Rising To The Top

There has been some mocking of those who speak about a battle going on between the Republican Establishment and the grass roots tea party conservatives. They mock these grass roots conservatives saying, “there is no secret handshake or secret meeting place, and it is tinfoil hat conspiratorial clap trap to even suggest such a thing.” These same elitist critics try to convince us that this so-called “establishment” is just an ethereal nebulous figment of our imagination. Let me use a different term that is more defined, and not so easy to mock. The word is “leadership,” and when the GOP took the majority in the US House 2010 elections, leadership roles were the first order of business.

I was not happy with the leadership the House Republican Conference voted for, and the Club for Growth Scorecard for 2011 reinforces my concerns. It’s not enough to send good tea party supported Representatives to Washington if they choose the wrong leaders to follow. It does not matter if we’re talking about shark-infested waters off the Philippine coast in 1944 or a different infestation inside the beltway in 2012. In both instances a leader saying “Follow me” is sought. I have created two tables that show two entirely different sets of elected members of the US House. The first set gives the scores of the 25 Republican leaders in the US House. The second set shows the top 25 scores in the US House. Not one member of the US House is a member of both groups, and this a big mistake. Voting for our interests is one of the most important tasks they have, but too many times we’ve been let down. It’s been my observation that those who vote the right way are also more likely to speak, and live the right way as well. I am grateful to organizations like Club for Growth who keep scores, and I am hopeful that in 2013, the Republican Conference will change the leadership with this in mind.

The Club for Growth Congressional Leaders Scorecard for 2011 (‘N/A’ the lawmaker did not vote enough times to be ranked and/or scored.)

Member State District Rank Score Lifetime
Jeb Hensarling,Republican Conference Chairman TX 5 47 87% 98%
Tom Price, House Republican Policy Committee Chairman GA 6 49 86% 95%
Jeff Miller, Veterans’ Affairs Chairman FL 1 49 86% 89%
Ralph Hall, Science Chairman TX 4 72 81% 76%
Darrell Issa, Oversight Chairman CA 49 97 74% 83%
John Boehner, Speaker OH 8 N/A N/A 83%
Paul Ryan, Budget Chairman WI 1 101 73% 88%
John Kline, Education Chairman MN 2 115 70% 82%
Mike Rogers, Intelligence Chairman MI 8 132 66% 74%
Sam Graves, Small Business Chairman MO 6 136 66% 71%
John Mica, Transportation Chairman FL 7 137 65% 78%
Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip CA 22 148 63% 85%
Cathy McMorris Rodgers,House Republican Policy Committee Vice-Chairman WA 5 154 61% 75%
Spencer Bachus, Financial Services Chairman AL 6 154 61% 72%
Lamar Smith, Judiciary Chairman TX 21 166 59% 72%
Eric Cantor, Majority Leader VA 7 176 55% 80%
Fred Upton, Energy Chairman MI 6 190 52% 54%
Doc Hastings, Natural Resources Chairman WA 4 192 52% 71%
Buck McKeon, Armed Services Chairman CA 25 196 50% 71%
Dave Camp, Ways and Means Chairman MI 4 196 50% 66%
Jo Bonner, Ethics Chairman AL 1 200 49% 69%
Frank Lucas, Agriculture Chairman OK 3 205 48% 70%
Hal Rogers, Appropriations Chairman KY 5 205 48% 65%
Peter King, Homeland Security Chairman NY 3 205 48% 55%
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Foreign Affairs Chairman FL 18 235 41% 50%

The Club for Growth Congressional Top 25 Scorecard for 2011

Member State District Rank Score Lifetime
Justin Amash MI 3 1 100% 100%
Raul Labrador ID 1 1 100% 100%
Doug Lamborn CO 5 1 100% 100%
Tim Huelskamp KS 1 1 100% 100%
Jason Chaffetz UT 3 1 100% 99%
Jim Jordan OH 4 1 100% 99%
Trent Franks AZ 2 1 100% 98%
Tom Graves GA 9 1 100% 98%
Mick Mulvaney SC 5 10 99% 99%
Joe Walsh IL 8 10 99% 99%
Scott Garrett NJ 5 10 99% 96%
Marlin Stutzman IN 3 13 99% 99%
Ben Quayle AZ 3 16 98% 98%
Trey Gowdy SC 4 17 97% 97%
Jeff Duncan SC 3 17 97% 97%
John Fleming LA 4 17 97% 96%
Joe Wilson SC 2 17 97% 86%
Dennis Ross FL 12 21 96% 96%
Ted Poe TX 2 22 95% 86%
Paul Broun GA 10 22 95% 99%
Andy Harris MD 1 22 95% 95%
Tom McClintock CA 4 26 94% 98%
Steve Southerland FL 2 26 94% 94%
Jeff Landry LA 3 29 94% 94%
Steve Chabot OH 1 30 93% 92%

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