Class of 2010: How Tea Party Were They?
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.
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.