Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Russ Vought, the political director of Heritage Action—the activism-oriented wing of the Heritage Foundation.
I was reminded of how impressed I was by Mr. Vought’s experience and strong conservative convictions this morning when I read Richard Falknor’s post on the abysmal record of House Republican leaders in pending budget negotiations—looks like it’s going to be business as usual from the Republican establishment.
Check out Heritage Action’s website here and especially check out their Congressional scorecard. A 100% score is reserved for the legislator who voted conservatively every time. Right now Senator Jim DeMint tops the list with a score of 99% (maybe a 100 doesn’t exist?).
For a laugh, check out the Maryland delegation, here, and note that our Senators Cardin and Mikulski rank at the bottom (no surprise!) with 5% each. Rep. Andy Harris tops our list with a score of 80% while Roscoe Bartlett is at 73%.
But, now look at the Republican “leadership.” Boehner is not scored which is really too bad. But, Majority leader Eric Cantor comes in at only a 61% and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is at 62%—hmmmm!
By contrast Michele Bachmann, who did want a leadership position if you recall, has a score of 91%!
In light of that information don’t be surprised if Republican leaders cave to the Democrats in the coming weeks.