Club For Growth Scorecard

You might want to check out today's release of the Club for Growth's Congressional Scorecard for last year. Broadly speaking, the Club favors keeping economic decision-making in the hands of the private sector as much as possible; their scorecard reflects how well your Congresscritters and Senators voted along those lines.

Granite Staters: you want the good news first, or the bad?

The good news is that Senator Sununu was in a three-way tie for first place (with Senators Coburn and DeMint), a 100% "correct" voting record. Senator Gregg came in well above-average, with a 92% score, good enough for 11th place.

Presidential candidates: Senators Clinton, Obama, and Biden scored 8%, 7%, and 1% respectively, putting them on the short bus. Senator Brownback impressive at 98%, good for fifth place. Senator McCain: 76%, putting him solidly in "shows promise, needs improvement" category.

Speaking of Senator Sununu, he's up for re-election this year. I have no particular insight into his race, but according to guys I trust, he's said to be "vulnerable". My personal opinion is that if he loses, New Hampshire will be well on its way to becoming another Tedious New England State, and that would be a damn shame. We'd need to change our motto from "Live Free or Die" to something more progressive, something like, oh, say, "I'm a Loser, Baby, So Why Don't You Kill Me?"

Anyway, on to the bad news: On the House side, our ex-Congressmen got pretty mediocre scores: Jeb Bradley got 49%, putting him in 168th place. Charlie Bass got 43%, in 200th place. Note: their "moderation" on these "growth" issues didn't save them from becoming ex-Congressmen. On the other hand, it's a safe bet their replacements will not score as high in next year's compilation.

Last Modified 2007-03-14 6:44 PM EDT