Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Hoosier GOP Members of Congress Rate Poorly on Support for the Constitution, American Democratic Values

The Republican Accountability Project is now offering an interesting tool which evaluates GOP members of Congress on their support for the Constitution and American Democracy.  It is based on four criteria: 

  • Did he or she sign on to the amicus brief filed along with Texas’ lawsuit to the Supreme Court that sought to nullify votes cast in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia? More Info
  • Did he or she object to the certification of Electoral College votes from at least one state? More Info
  • Did he or she make public statements that cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 election? More Info
  • Did he or she vote to hold Trump accountable via impeachment or conviction? More Info
Indiana Republican members of Congress do not fare well.  Representatives Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Greg Pence and Jackie Walorski all received an F, i.e. "Very Poor."  Rep. Trey Hollingsworth fared slightly better with a D-, while Victoria Spartz received a D, although her grade is somewhat incomplete since she was not in Congress at the time the Texas amicus brief was circulated for congressional signatures.

Indiana's congressional representatives who earned the best grades are Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young, and Rep. Larry Bucshon, who all received a   C-, "Mediocre" grade.

Other states had members of Congress who scored much better than those from Indiana. Senators Richard Burr (NC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NB), Pat Toomey (PA) and Representatives Liz Cheney (WY), Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), John Katko (NY), Adam Kinzinger (IL), Fred Upton and Peter Meijer (both MI) all received perfect "A" or "Excellent" grades.  

The project is a work in progress.  Additional criteria will be added later.  Frankly, it seems a pretty fair rating of Indiana's congressional representatives, with the exception of giving Braun and Young the same grade. Braun is much more Trumpy and hostile to American democracy than Young, although Young will occasionally throw a bone to the Trump crowd to keep any GOP challengers at bay.

OOP's short takes:
  • This morning the FBI executed search warrants at the home and office of Rudolph W. Giuliani.  Supposedly the warrants are related to a criminal investigation into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine.
  • If Giuliani would have passed away after 9/11, New York City would have erected statues to honor his service to the city.  Federal and municipal buildings would have been named after him.  It's hard to believe the former two-term NYC mayor and legendary federal prosecutor who crushed the NYC mob is the same person who turned himself into a joke in an effort to aid President Trump in his re-election efforts.  I really think one day we're going to learn that Giuliani has been suffering the last few years from a physical ailment that has affected his judgment and decision-making.  That's the only explanation I have for what happened to him.

1 comment:

Btownmoon said...

So true regarding Giuliani. His legacy is forever tarnished and I often wonder what the heck happened to him.