Diary

Introducing the Primary 100

  • I ranked 213 of the Republican members of Congress, including only those who
    • Are up for re-election in 2016,
    • Represent a district or state with a Republican PVI of at least +1,
    • Served in Congress before 2015, and
    • Excepting the Speaker of the House.
  • Each member’s rank is determined by his or her Primary Score relative to the other 212.
  • Each member’s Primary Score is determined by the percentile of his or her Heritage Action Lifetime Score (HALS) at the start of the 15-16 session minus the positive Republican PVI. The percentile is derived from a comparison of his or her HALS to all other Republican members of Congress, not just the other 212.
  • The more heavily Republican a district or state, the less we should tolerate a liberal Republican representing it in Congress. We may have to put up with Establishment squishes in D+PVI districts and states, but we should not have to tolerate this in the reddest of them. For example, the member of Congress ranked 213th (best) is [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] of Florida. This is because he has a very high HALS (89%), which places him in the 92.6 percentile of Congressional Republicans. Having someone with that high a percentile representing a state that is only RPVI +2 is a real coup, and we should be lucky to have him there.
  • Twice each week I will announce a Republican member of Congress who can, should, and must be defeated in the 2016 Republican primary. Every single one I call out will have no excuse for voting so far out of step with their much more conservative constituents. From the list of 213, I will start with the 100th worst member and work my way all the way to #1 by the halfway point of the current Congress. My goal is to shine a light on the disparity and encourage conservative state senators to run against their U.S. representatives and conservative U.S. representatives to run against their senators, so that we can take back Washington, and thereby take back America.
  • Some of the names on the list will seem very tough nuts to crack. But you won’t ever crack the nut if you don’t at least try picking up a nutcracker. This series is meant to encourage folks to do just that, in whatever way they can—by running, donating, voting, or just encouraging from afar. I hope you enjoy.
  • Rank #100 – coming tomorrow – the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.