Class of 2010: How Tea Party Were They?

2012 May 20
by bc3b

With the help of the Tea Party, a lot of so-called “conservative Republicans” replaced Democrats. But, in taking a close look at the GOP class of 2010, it appears that many acted and voted no differently than “establishment Republicans” (aka RINOs). The Club for Growth rates the class of 2010:

Freshman Vote Study

In the 2010 election, 87 freshmen House Republicans came to Washington pledging fealty to the Tea Party movement and the ideals of limited government and economic freedom. The mainstream media likes to say that the freshman class is the most uncompromising group of fiscal conservatives in history…but just how Tea Party are they? Did all 87 freshmen always vote to cut spending and limit the size of government, or did some of them vote like the big-spending R.I.N.Os of the past?

This study was compiled from the Club for Growth’s Congressional Scorecard, which evaluates lawmakers based upon their commitment to limited government and pro-growth policies. What we found was that while some freshmen have lived up to the promises they made to the tea party movement, dozens of them are big-spenders and are no different from many of the veteran Republicans they serve with.

While the rhetoric of the freshmen may be loud, the Club for Growth strives to hold lawmakers accountable by examining how they actually voted once they got to Congress. In many cases, the rhetoric of the so-called “Tea Party” freshmen simply didn’t match their records. 

Read more with individual ratings:

The above link has statistics that are very sortable. Check out the GOP Class of 2010 members from your area/state.

Hat tip: Club for Growth

 Exhibit A: Renee Ellmers – ran as a Tea Party Conservative. Rated 59% by the Club for Growth. Became a follower of Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy, even joined the moderate Ripon Society. When Boehner says “Get your a$$es in line,” Renee always makes sure her’s is near the front.

39 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 May 20 6:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    Be Careful Whom You Donate to:

    I was convinced that Renee was the real thing and contributed to her campaign three times. Never again!

    The four Michigan members did fairly well, scoring from 72% – 100%.

  2. 2012 May 20 6:45 am
    bc3b permalink

    JM –

    The Coyotes-Kings game starts at 3 PM Eastern Time (Noon Moonbeam Time). Better climb aboard the bandwagon before it’s too late.

  3. 2012 May 20 7:45 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Bill Huizenga is mine…. 90%

    Meanwhile the different stories in the local Sunday paper. Muskegon Chronicle.

    Lower oil prices ease load on consumers, Obama.
    Students finding jobs in time to help Obama.
    Condidence grows in economy to help Obama.
    G8 decisions help Obama.
    Michigan’s exports grow to help Obama.
    Romney’s primary rivals tepid backing helps Obama.

    Sports–Verlander almost gets no-hitter helping Obama (jk)

  4. 2012 May 20 7:53 am
    bc3b permalink

    MI Consevative –

    It appears MSM is going to forego spring training and go directly to regular season play.

  5. 2012 May 20 8:13 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    This is not only a battle for the soul of the country, it is also the last marble in the game for the MSM and the Unions. Plus, we have the opportunity to kill liberalism. There is so much at stake in the upcoming election.

    The choice is stark. Elect Republicans for President, Senate and House and start the reforms to correct the past seventy years of folly, or ride the train over the cliff

  6. 2012 May 20 8:45 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    RP- I agree so much I finally made a donation to Romney yesterday. Not much, but it’s the thought that counts!

  7. 2012 May 20 8:46 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    I was going to send him a six pack of Miller Lite to help the campaign but remembered he’s a Mormon, so I drank it myself. HAHAHAHAA

  8. 2012 May 20 10:00 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Well it is the thought that counts right? “That was a nice beer, I thought I would have another….”

  9. 2012 May 20 11:24 am
    JustMary permalink

    #2 I take it you heard about the monster beating the Clips took yesterday….they are killing meeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! They were up by 24!!!!! UGH

  10. 2012 May 20 11:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

    10, that truely is where we are at…..

  11. 2012 May 20 11:43 am
    JustMary permalink

    #10 Pretty much!

  12. 2012 May 20 12:37 pm

    The “black community” will still vote for the black candidate,
    even though they will now have to share their “civil rights”
    heritage with the rump rangers, something that has been an anathema to them in the past. They will still take their marching orders from the race hustling pimps.

  13. 2012 May 20 1:01 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    drdog, I was helping the campaign by drinking the beer. They don’t want people to think their a lush, like Hillary.

  14. 2012 May 20 1:20 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    Behavior has suddenly become a civil right. Now does this mean that anyone who has ever engaged in any sexual activity with a member of the same sex is now covered by this special “civil” right?

    If so, and you don’t have any childhood “playing doctor” event in your past, then by all means go kiss a non-relative of the same sex and give them a long embrace. It will certainly make you more of a homosexual than Warren is a Cherokee indian.

  15. 2012 May 20 1:23 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    Back to the thread topic… I too gave Elhmers $$$. From now on my campaign donations will be made to a PAC that way I will only feel the pain indirectly when the disappointing candidate gets my money… and in true DC tradition I can blame someone else for the decision.

  16. 2012 May 20 2:22 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    My opinion…….. Phoenix getting scrwed by refs.

  17. 2012 May 20 2:44 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

  18. 2012 May 20 2:52 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Phoenix looked good today. I expect them to win the next game in AZ.

  19. 2012 May 20 3:02 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    I’m not a Phoenix fan but like to cheer for the drdog, I mean the underdog.

  20. 2012 May 20 3:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Good for the kids that stood up for what is right!! They ought to get a merit badge. The teacher ought to be fired.

  21. 2012 May 20 3:21 pm
    justrand permalink

    just got home and read the story about the N.C. High School teacher. WTF?????????????

    Why wasn’t that woman FIRED?? WTF is going on that a teacher ANYWHERE can say what she said?????????

  22. 2012 May 20 3:31 pm

    #20 beat me to it.

    Why wasn’t that woman FIRED??

    Good question and the parents of the school district ought be demanding it, school district is not releasing the name of the teacher, so the kids should. If anything it’s time for a re-assignment, person certainly doesn’t belong in a classroom and defiantly doesn’t have the right demeanor for teaching social studies.

  23. 2012 May 20 3:34 pm

    “Listen to the tape. what race is the teacher?”

    Do you even have to ask?

  24. 2012 May 20 3:47 pm
    bc3b permalink

    MIC #20

    Her brogue was a dead give-away.

  25. 2012 May 20 3:49 pm

    Most beautiful face in the UK (at least scientifically speaking)

  26. 2012 May 20 3:52 pm
    judyt2012 permalink

    Stupid racist teacher who is too f’n ignorant to see her own hypocrisy. I hope the kids in this class see the news story and discover just how incompetent their teacher is.

    Something tells me that the kids already know how bad their teachers are

  27. 2012 May 20 4:08 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    As a teacher lots of things involved. the worst is the superintendent is afraid of te NEA and grievances from the union.

  28. 2012 May 20 4:45 pm
    bc3b permalink

    She could barely speak English … maybe Eubonics?

  29. 2012 May 20 4:54 pm


  30. 2012 May 20 5:11 pm
    bc3b permalink

    If anyone is traveling through Southern California this evening, please stop by JM’s house and lock up anything that could be used as a dangerous weapon.

  31. 2012 May 20 5:54 pm
    justrand permalink

    Good advice, bc3b…she’s in Clipper withdrawal

  32. 2012 May 20 6:24 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I follow the Cubs in the NL from my time in Chicago and the Lions, so I know what she’s going through.

  33. 2012 May 20 8:57 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Sad fact about the teacher is that it would take a decade offically fire her. Then she would go on State Aid. WBF either way.

  34. 2012 May 20 9:27 pm
    HalJordan permalink

    Obama’s campaign strategy is inadequate to maintain him in a serious action such as the Tea Party will put to him. He has corruption in the coop, hate on the hoof, taqiyya on the tongue and bats in the belfry — that’s his campaign strategy. He can probably maintain himself in the type of fighting the Tea Party will give him in Mexifornia and a few states on the North East front. After that it will make no difference how many thousands of dead he has voting for him early and often, and if Americans want America and the Presidency back in 2012, the Tea Party will give it to them.

  35. 2012 May 20 9:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Talking about the dead, Florida just flushed 53,000 off the election rolls.

  36. 2012 May 21 5:23 am

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.