GOP Voters Should Primary Half of GOP Incumbent Senators

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It’s a sad day when you need to read the “Fine print” before you vote.

Joe the Plumber November 7, 2013

There are 12 incumbent Republicans running for reelection in 2014, but only half of them have proven with their votes that they have earned keeping their seat in the Senate. Karl Rove and the DC establishment Republicans don’t like the conservative base of the Republican Party. They will always push for the more squishy moderate over the more conservative candidate. They have a very selective memory. For example they will remember and harp about Richard Mourdock, Christine O’Donnell, and Sharron Angle losing an election that was winnable, but they forget about Tommy Thompson, Heather Wilson, and Rick Berg doing the same thing. They ALWAYS presume that the squishy moderate is more electable than the conservative. They seem to forget that Ronald Reagan won running as a conservative in almost every state.

The most recent example of a conservative winning where they’re not supposed to have a chance is Barbara Comstock. Mona Charen at NRO writes the following.

Yet in the 34th district of Virginia, right outside Washington, D.C., a very conservative delegate was able to run between 8 and 18 points ahead of Cuccinelli and win a district that just a year ago went for Tim Kaine for senator and Barack Obama.

Barbara Comstock is as conservative as any right-winger could desire — pro–free enterprise, pro-life, and pro–second amendment. Her opponent, Kathleen Murphy, a doctrinaire liberal, was supported by the unions, Michael Bloomberg, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.

If conservatives want to win elections and not just preen about their ideological purity, they should study Comstock.

We can only hope that someone like Barbara Comstock lives in Maine and files to run against Susan Collins

It’s unreasonable to expect every candidate to be exactly like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, but some incumbents are closer to being like them than others. Heritage has a scorecard of key votes that are taken. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are the only Senators scoring 100%. So far for 30 key votes the average Senate Republican score is 67%. Listed below are 4 of the 30 votes that are especially bad votes for primarying some who otherwise score over 67%.

  • The vote for the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment to Require Universal Background Checks
  • The vote to bring up the Gang of 8 amnesty bill for debate and eventual passage
  • The cloture vote that led to striking defunding Obamacare from the CR
  • The senate negotiated CR and debt ceiling deal
  • Listed below are the six incumbent Republicans whose votes have earned them keeping their seat in the US Senate.

  • Tim Scott (R-SC) voted for 28 of 30 93%
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS) voted for 27 of 30 90%
  • Jim Inhofe (R-OK) voted for 25 of 28 89%
  • Jim Risch (R-ID) voted for 26 of 30 87%
  • Jeff Sessions (R-AL) voted for 23 of 29 80%
  • Mike Enzi (R-WY) voted for 22 of 29 76%
  • Listed below are the six incumbent Republicans whose votes have earned them getting primaried by a conservative challenger.

  • Susan Collins (R-ME) voted for 8 of 30 26%
  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN) voted for 13 of 30 44%
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voted for 14 of 28 51%
  • Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted for 17 of 30 56%
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted for 24 of 30 80% *
  • John Cornyn (R-TX) voted for 25 of 29 86% **
  • * The 6 bad votes by Mitch McConnell include:

  • The vote to bring up the Gang of 8 amnesty bill for debate and eventual passage
  • The cloture vote that led to striking defunding Obamacare from the CR
  • The senate negotiated CR and debt ceiling deal
  • ** The 4 bad votes by John Cornyn include:

  • The vote to bring up the Gang of 8 amnesty bill for debate and eventual passage
  • The cloture vote that led to striking defunding Obamacare from the CR
  • The DC establishment Republicans think getting a Republican majority is good enough. Jim DeMint thinks 41 united conservative Republicans is better than 51 Republicans with half of them squishy moderates. We strive for more than 50 united conservative Republicans.

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