My Congresscritter/Toothache Carol Shea-Porter tweets her outrage:
Speak up, Republicans! Country over Politics. https://t.co/bkONJBkAdg— Carol Shea-Porter (@TeamSheaPorter) February 14, 2017
I've commented before on CSP's habitual imperious tweeted demands for Republicans (only) to (somehow) speak out (or up) about one Trumpian outrage or another. And readers will note I do some of that, albeit not as much as CSP might prefer.
But: "Country over Politics". Really, Carol? You want to go there? My puckish reply:
@TeamSheaPorter Love to hear about any single instance of you placing country over politics.— Paul Sand (@punsalad) February 14, 2017
No reply yet. Or, I would guess, ever. If I get one, I'll update this post. As near as I can tell, CSP's Twitter account is all-talk, no-listen, never-respond.
You do not want to bet, even at extremely favorable odds, on CSP acting bravely against her political party. C-Span keeps track of how often a CongressDroid "votes against party majority." Here is her record:
- 110th Congress (2007-2008): 2 votes out of 1841 (0.11%)
- 111th Congress (2009-2010): 2 votes out of 1597 (0.13%)
- 113th Congress (2013-2014): 1 vote out of 1163 (0.09%)
- 115th Congress (2017-): 0 votes out of 92 (so far, 0.00%)
Yes, over four Congressional sessions you can literally count her votes against her party's majority on one hand.
This should not be shocking. Back in 2007 when she was challenged about her non-independent voting record, she rattled off the widely-lampooned defense: she voted with her party "because frankly I think they’re 100 percent right." Convenient!
Now, I hasten to add that our recent GOP CongressPuppet, Frank Guinta, was not significantly better during his periods in office:
- 112th Congress (2011-2012): 2 votes against party majority out of 1559 (0.13%)
- 114th Congress (2015-2016): 10 votes against party majority out of 1302 (0.77%)
But the bottom line is: they're politicians. When they implore us to but "country above politics", they are emitting egregious bullshit. Someone should demand that they file environmental impact statements with the EPA beforehand.