UPDATED: The Pink Flamingo has decided to bump this up after several back and forth emails from misc. friends today. I think it proves that the whole Tea Party movement is more about money and people looking for power than it is about factual accuracy about our elected GOP officials. If it were about factual accuracy the whole tea party movement thingie would get off the collective cases of our Republicans and go after the Dems.
Funny thing about the alleged “Tea Party Movement”, promoted and nurtured by FOX News, it is not Republican. We’re being told by Sean Hannity that it is all about a re-vitalized conservative movement. People like Jim DeMint and Ron Paul are heralded as “pure” while men like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Bob Inglis, and Mitch McConnell are treated like dirt by conservatives as “impure”.
Well, until March and the latest ACU ratings, this is the best we can do. And – it looks like Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Bob Inglis, denigrated as “impure” may actually be “purer” conservatives than Jim DeMint and Ron Paul.
The WPost has their voting record database for the 111th Congress compiled. There are a few surprises.
“…The Post’s voting database showed that Graham voted with Republicans 91 percent of the time while the state’s junior senator stood with his party 87 percent of the time.
Graham has only broken ranks with Republicans a handful of times this year, often in the interest of increasing troop funding and creating domestic sources of alternative energy.
In fact, while he has come under fire for reaching across the aisle, Graham has voted with his party more often than two-thirds of his Republican colleagues…”
Lindsey Graham votes with the GOP 90.5 percent of 367 votes
John McCain votes with the GOP 90.5 percent of 370 votes
Mitch McConnell votes with the GOP 90.5 percent of 378 votes
Jim DeMint votes with the GOP 86.9 percent of 374 votes
Tom Udall votes with the Dems 95.5 percent of 376 votes
Jeff Bingaman votes with the Dems 93.1 percent of 379 votes
In the House, the beleaguered Bob Inglis, who is denigrated as not Republican enough has a 92% rate. Ron Paul has one of the worst party based voting records in the House!
Bob Inglis votes with the GOP 92.4 percent of 982 votes
Ron Paul votes with the GOP 76.9 percent of 899 votes
Ben Lujan votes with the Dems 98.9 percent of 977 votes
Martin Heinrich votes with the Dems 96.5 percent of 982 votes
Harry Teague votes with the Dems 88.7 percent of 970 votes
Want to talk purity?
Want to talk Tea Party?