Skip to comments.For Kansas’ Roberts, a shift in voting sentiment
Posted on 07/06/2014 4:56:23 AM PDT by cotton1706
Kansans should be happy that Senator Pat Roberts is voting in a fiscally conservative way. Happy, but skeptical.
Organizations like Club for Growth produce scorecards of legislators. The motto of Club for Growth is Prosperity and Opportunity through Economic Freedom. It supports candidates who believe in pro-growth policies, limited government, low taxes, and economic freedom. Kansans who believe in these values can trust Club for Growth as a reliable indicator of candidates beliefs and actions.
The Club for Growth creates voting scorecards. These scorecards are a selection of votes that the organization believes distinguish between those who support the clubs pro-growth goals, and those who dont. Scorecards like this are valuable because they show what officeholders have actually done, which may be different from what they say they have done, or what they promise to do.
Kansans should be happy that its senior senator Pat Roberts has been voting largely in alignment with these policies that promote growth and economic freedom. These votes are good for Kansas, and good for America.
But it hasnt always been this way for Roberts, and we dont know what the future holds. If reelected, Roberts could return to his usual voting habits.
The voting record of Pat Roberts and a group of peers, from Club for Growth. Click for larger version.The voting record of Pat Roberts and a group of peers, from Club for Growth. Click for larger version.Theres little doubt that Roberts is voting in a way divergent from his past. Even the New York Times noticed a shift in Roberts voting as an election approaches, recently reporting And Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, eyeing his states sharp turn to the right, made sure to align his votes with the fiscally conservative Club for Growth 84 percent of the time last year.
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For those who say I don’t know Roberts voting record, here it is. Quite the consistent conservative isn’t he??
Roberts (KS) - 2013 - 87% (Average) - 90% (Heritage) - 84% (CFG) - 84% (ACU) - 91% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2012 - 62% (Average) - 65% (Heritage) - 55% (CFG) - 72% (ACU) - 54% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2011 - 74% (Average) - - 78% (CFG) - 80% (ACU) - 65% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2010 - 93% (Average) - - 93% (CFG) - 96% (ACU) - 91% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2009 - 87% (Average) - - 93% (CFG) - 96% (ACU) - 77% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2008 - 69% (Average) - - 77% (CFG) - 72% (ACU) - 57% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2007 - 66% (Average) - - 57% (CFG) - 92% (ACU) - 50% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2006 - 69% (Average) - - 57% (CFG) - 84% (ACU) - 67% (FreedomWorks)
Roberts (KS) - 2005 - 81% (Average) - - 76% (CFG) - 88% (ACU) - 79% (FreedomWorks)
But I’m just a Massachusetts liberal trying to remove conservative senators, right?? What I’m really trying to do is identify the Orrin Hatch types, those that vote conservative around election years, then screw us over when safely reelected, or that because they’re in their late 70’s and will likely be in their last term, and will be free to screw us over. We need to remove as many of these people when we have the chance, that is, at election time. And there’s only two chances left, Roberts and Alexander, on August 5th and August 7th.
“Kansas freepers seem near unanimous in agreeing with that assessment, I dont blame them for being frustrated with outsiders who are obviously ignorant of Senator Roberts conservative record, posting GARBAGE attacks over and over again. There is an actual sub-par Senator in Tennessee who you could try to beat instead of the conservative Roberts.”
By the way, I have been doing daily searches on ALL of these senate races for close to two years now. There has been very little going on with the Alexander race but I have posted what stories there were, just as the Roberts race was quiet for some time and is now in the news. So get off your high horse!
The key point is that if he’s elected, it’ll be his last term..and thus he has NO, ZERO, NADA, accountability to the voters for his actions, and votes, the next 6 years....
Pat Roberts has a good constituent services operation, so he has a number of supporters who believe that he does a good job for Kansas. The people that he really takes care of are in the big Agri businesses and the aviation industry. They have lobby operations in D.C., so he actually knows them. Since he doesn’t live in Kansas and hasn’t since 1957, he doesn’t know too many of us who do.
I will not vote for Pat Roberts int the primary or the general.
To me, these so-called conservative ratings charts don’t tell me anything if they do not include the difference between CLOTURE VOTES and floor SHOW VOTES. This is a constant trick and I’m not sure that these ratings organizations are getting the whole story.
I know Heritage has started to score cloture votes. But you’re right, that’s how politicians mislead their voters, along with unanimous consents, where nobody can be held accountable.
My two Georgia Senators are deceitful masters at show voting. Neither one of them is worth a cup of spit.
Mr. non-Kansas resident is about to loose his seat.
He is as GOP-e as you can get. I expect shenanigans to rival Mississippi in the next election.
How do you like Jack Kingston who will likely be the nominee later this month?
In my opinion, NEITHER Perdue, nor Kingston will defend out sovereignty. At the first backstabbing chance, BOTH would side with Boehner and McConnell and seal the destruction of this country for their own transient second-tier power.
They are both RINOS and I’m not voting for either one. Nor will I be voting for the winner come November. I’m done with RINOs.
Every senator should be primaried. Even Ted Cruz. The office was never intended as lifetime sinecure.
Voting records as tabulated mean nothing, they should count only votes that lead to law because it is easy to cry havoc and vote for a bill that you know is not going to pass.
Roberts a conservative? Really? OK - explain what he did whe the Republicans had the whitehouse, senate, and house.
Pat Roberts is a vote in the Senate that keeps the Republican Establishment in power.
And, the Establishment uses that power to defeat conservatives.
Roberts must go!
The problem is you can’t beat something with nothing. And Milt Wolf has proven to be an inept campaigner and no threat to Roberts.
“The problem is you cant beat something with nothing. And Milt Wolf has proven to be an inept campaigner and no threat to Roberts.”
You’re probably right. I think the best case scenario would be that Roberts win but Moran gets scared for 2016. He’s much worse, and as head of the NRSC, probably at the direction of McConnell, has been supporting and funding moderate candidates all over the country.
Roberts last ran in 2008. If you look at his ratings you see he wasn't doing what you say around election years. His most conservative ratings are after the election years. Also farm state Senators get dinged on these ratings for representing the issues of their constituents. These ratings are based on percentage of votes that agree or disagree with the rater's agenda. There are votes that are vastly more important than others an that is not taken into consideration.
It is kind of like Obama's claim that he signed less executive orders than Bush. That may be true, but the effect of those EO's is tremendous.
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