Lanterns: The Worst of the Worst Republicans in Congress


The Worst of the Worst Republicans in Congress

Conservative Review has released its most recent list of the Top 25 RINOs or the most liberal voting Republicans in Congress:

  1. Paul Ryan; Representative from WI; 18 years in DC
  2. John McCain; Senator from AZ; 30 years in DC
  3. Lisa Murkowski; Senator from AK; 14 years in DC
  4. Lindsey Graham; Senator from SC; 14 years in DC
  5. Thad Cochran; Senator from MS; 38 years in DC
  6. Mitch McConnell; Senator from KY; 32 years in DC
  7. Orrin Hatch; Senator from UT; 40 years in DC
  8. Kevin McCarthy; Representative from CA; 10 years in DC
  9. Lamar Alexander: Senator from TN; 14 years in DC
  10. Bob Corker; Senator from TN; 10 years in DC
  11. Susan Collins; Senator from ME; 20 years in DC
  12. Tom Cole; Representative from OK; 14 years in DC
  13. Jeff Flake; Senator from AZ; 4 years in DC
  14. John Cornyn; Senator from TX; 14 years in DC
  15. Peter King; Representative from NY; 24 years in DC
  16. Mike Simpson; Representative from ID; 18 years in DC
  17. Harold Rogers; Representative from KY; 36 years in DC
  18. Don Young; Representative from AK; 43 years in DC
  19. Rob Portman; Senator from OH; 6 years in DC
  20. Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Representative from WA; 12 years in DC
  21. Johnny Isakson; Senator from GA; 12 years in DC
  22. Richard Burr; Senator from NC; 12 years in DC
  23. Charlie Dent; Representative from PA; 12 years in DC
  24. Susan Brooks; Representative from IN; 4 years in DC
  25. Shelley Capito; Senator from WV; 16 years in DC

Some items of note from the list, while 8 of the top 10 are Senators, the two Representatives,  House Speaker, Paul Ryan (1) and House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (8) are also the top two ranking Republicans in the House. Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (20) can be added to the mix as she is listed as the fourth-ranking House member on their Organization Chart. Also on the list, Harold Rogers (17), the Chair of House Committee on Appropriations, and one of the most influential committees based on their role of overseeing the government's purse strings.

Top ranking members of the US Senate also sport high rankings on the list which include the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (6), the Assistant Republican leader, John Cornyn (14), as well President Pro Tempore, Orrin Hatch (7) who was awarded that position largely based on being the longest-serving Republican Senator at 40 years. It is notable that the President Pro Tempore is third in presidential line of succession following only the Vice President and the Speaker of the House.

Both Senators from Arizona made the top 25, the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain (2) and Jeff Flake (McFlake?) (13).  Not to be outdone, both Senators from Tennessee, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Lamar Alexander (9) and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (10) made the top 10. What is somewhat surprising is both of these states are considered to be conservative hotbeds.

"Whatever disagreements Republicans might have—and there are always disagreements over details—we are unified by a simple truth. Washington is too powerful, it has worked against the interests of the people, and the people demand a change. President Trump wants to drain the swamp. Republicans have already gotten to work."

--House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

I hope you'll excuse me for not taking Representative McCarthy too seriously for that statement from his recent op/ed in Lately, it seems like their main activity in Congress has been to hold endless hearings, where most of the time has been filled with self-serving prepared statements by the committee members, followed by minimal to zero action in the aftermath. (*Side Note, I had hoped one of the Senators would have asked James Comey about the standing of the FBI investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups). 

The result is that little to no meaningful legislation will be passed in the remaining time. I hesitate to complain about Congress’s four-day work weeks and multiple recesses, but I can't help but think "what difference at this point does it really make" whether or not Congress is in session.

With this record, it's no wonder that when talk show host and Conservative Review contributor Steve Deace ran a Twitter poll the overwhelming top vote receiver was "I don't know the answer." Currently, I include myself in the "I don't know the answer" column, how about you?

Written by Mark Watkins

Conservatarian blogger living in the Upper Midwest. Strong believer in personal responsibility, smaller federal government and the Constitution in it's original meaning. Articles and thoughts can also be found at

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