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%