One would expect the cataclysmic defeat of Eric Cantor to force the GOP establishment into a protracted period of introspection – one that would include a plan for changing course to better reflect the views in their legislative strategy of the party’s base. Instead they doubled down on the status quo by replacing Cantor with Kevin McCarthy, a man who is even more liberal and pro-amnesty.
However, many insiders claimed that conservatives won a seat at the table when Steve Scalise (R-LA) was elected Majority Whip, responsible for whipping up support for Republican initiatives. After all, Scalise is the head of the “conservative” Republican Study Committee (RSC).
Sadly, we have already know for quite some time that Scalise was nothing more than a snake in the conservative grass; a political insider who votes conservative on most issues but quietly undermines conservatives. As Jonathan Strong of Breitbart reported based on multiple interviews with former RSC staffers, Scalise completely neutered the caucus as a check on leadership and actually delivered conservative forces into the hands of John Boehner.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Scalise’s whip team is full of moderate and establishment Republicans without a single dissenting voice. Earlier today, Scalise announced Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) as chief deputy whip and the following members as deputy whips: Rep. Kristi Noem, (SD-At Large); Rep. Dennis Ross, (FL-15); Rep. Aaron Schock, (IL-18); Rep. Steve Stivers, (OH-15); and Rep. Ann Wagner, (MO-02).
Here is the breakdown of their respective scores from Heritage Action:
With rare exceptions, these members have completely rubber stamped and cheered on Boehner’s efforts to subvert the will of the conservative majority and passed legislation with Democrat support.
It is abundantly clear that we need a clean sweep of the entire leadership team in November, and that sweep must include Scalise.
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