Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Truly conservative?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Truly conservative?

In one corner: Sen. Pat Roberts, and his full-steamed freight train carrying pretty much every Republican officer holder and a war chest of more than $1.5 million.
In the other corner: Milton Wolf, and probably 75 cents or so.

Yesterday, Roberts supporters were touting Roberts' lengthy list of endorsements and something saying he was the "5th Most Conservative Senator." 

I guess it all depends on your criteria, but this meme that lists Pat Roberts along with Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Tim Scott as the most conservative members of the Senate is laughable.

I found myself wondering if it was Photoshopped. And then I found myself wondering, am I crazy for not buying it?

Answer: Nope. I'm completely normal and everyone else is completely blinded by, I don't know what. Loyalty? Just because Kansas political activists say it a million times, that doesn't mean I'll buy it.

Every Kansan knew former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was going to be a disaster as the head of Health and Human Services. I found her nomination for the job downright frightening. She's monstrous when it comes to very real life and death issues. The last place on planet earth she should be is in the position she now finds herself. And yet, there she sits, in part, because Roberts voted to approve the nomination. And if I recall correctly, he did it by saying some very lovely words in her favor. Blech. There's no reason to be mean, but his vote didn't need the accompaniment of pretty words on her behalf. (For what it's worth, Brownback joined Roberts in fawning all over her appointment. It left a bad taste in my mouth then and re-reading it, yep. There's still a nasty aftertaste.)

Fast forward to today: Roberts is calling for Sebelius' resignation. Fine. Great. She's awful, but most intellectually honest conservatives believed at the time that she never should've been given the job in the first place. Roberts' timing seems a tiny bit stage-y. (And I'm honestly trying to be fair here, but I'm about as cynical as they come, so keep that in mind.)

Here's what National Review, a magazine which I think moves further and further LEFT everyday, had to say about Roberts:

• He has an 89 percent from Heritage Action. 
•  He has a 72 percent from the American Conservative Union

• AND is in 36th PLACE behind John McCain and Lindsey Graham, according to the Club for Growth.

I rest my case. I am completely sane, and there are a few people potentially headed for padded rooms because of this race.

Perhaps most persuasive in the National Review article is this: When Ted Cruz beat the Texas Establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, few doubted that Dewhurst would vote as a conservative on most issues.

"But since Cruz took office, he has proven his point: It is inconceivable that Dewhurst would have spent his August recess pushing to tie the defunding of Obamacare to the continuing resolution..."

I should add, because heaven knows, this Wolf vs. Roberts race is headed for blood-shed, I'm not advocating for Wolf. I'm dispassionate about this race, because in the grand scheme, a conservative is going to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate. 

Just how "conservative" is in the eye of the beholder. 

Does Roberts vote correctly most of the time? Sure. Will he lead the charge even at times when leading the charge isn't politically expedient? I'm not so sure. And if you asked me those questions about Wolf, you'd get the exact same answers.

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