The Best Congressman by Google Images w/caption by Rev Dan
Leave it to the Family Research Council to lay it out all for us: it's new "Congressional Scorecard" let's you know just who backed their Right Wing agenda and who is on their sh*t list.
Some of the legislation it focused on for this past session of Congress:
- Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (did not support)
- Allow Medical Marijuana Act (did not support)
- Repealing Health Care Law (supported)
- Ban on Sex-Selection Abortion (did not support)
- Presidential Nomination Act (did not support)
- Prohibit the Justice Department for Undermining the Defense of Marriage Act (supported)
Needless to say, it also considered previous sessions of Congress in regards to the repeal of DADT, gay rights, women's rights, abortion, health care and anything that could be construed as being considered "social justice". The FRC's recent Values Voter Summit was a good barometer as to the FRC political climate: Michele Bachmann, Jerry Boykin, Paul Ryan, "Bishop" Harry Jackson, Gary Bauer, and the like spoke and kvetched about the evils of liberalism and Barack Obama. The Values Voter Summit featured a totally moralizing yet blatantly compassion-less group of voters (ala Paul Ryan).
Although labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Family Research Council still considers itself as the arbiter of Conservative values and what it states about the votes in Congress on any bill should be taken as absolute. And although its power has waned and will eventually become (we hope) imaginary, the FRC is still has a sounding box in FOX News, Mike Huckabee being its chief supporter.
Are They Groveling Enough?
With scores ranging from 0% (no support) to 100% (total support), the FRC has given us a picture of the congressmen who kowtow to the Christian Right, those who are mildly groveling, those who are contemptuously obstinate and those who are hopeless, worthless demonspawn. The scorecard illustrates its frustration that more congressmen aren't falling in line with its Christian Right agenda: 34 Senators and 127 Members of Congress are demonspawn who should be eradicated at all costs. Thirteen states have scored abysmally low and only 7 are true blue morality meccas. Of course, California bottoms out with the most 0%s, but other states like Maine come as a surprise. And states that fare poorly (contemptuously obstinate) have stellar Christian Right shills in place: Michele Bachmann's Minnesota, for example falls into a 50% as far as voting records are concerned. The FRC loves Bachmann's Islamophobia, but the rest of Minnesota's legislators are getting tired of it.*
Other surprises: Pat Robertson's Virginia, Bible belt states like North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, and West Virginia. And even though Gov. Jan Brewer continues to amaze people with her Right Wing political fisticuffs, she hasn't been able to sway Arizona's congressmen completely to her side. The mildly groveling states of Alabama, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming don't have the popular (electoral) votes needed to swing elections, and some work needs to be done on Ohio and Pennsylvania.
States scoring 87% or higher overall (total kowtow) are: Florida, Kansas (Fred Phelps should be proud) Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. But some of them might fall from grace if Obama takes any of them in the upcoming election (Florida looks that way, thanks to the bumbling machinations of the Romney/Ryan campaign).
Altogether, it's a scorecard that the FRC has been sending out in a frantic attempt to let its supporters know just how dangerously liberal even a Republican-held House and marginal Senate can be: it's a frightened plea, a warning that "liberal" America is alive and kicking ... quite vigorously.