March 31, 2015

Conservation is Conservative

Don’t Believe It

Posted by Rob Sisson, president, ConservAmerica

In the movie Dumb and Dumber, Mary Swanson tells Lloyd Christmas he has a one-in-a-million chance at getting a girl like her. To which Lloyd replies enthusiastically, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance. Yeah!”

That scene is the first thing that came to mind when I read the analysis of results put out by Public Policy Polling (PPP) last week. The attention grabbing headline was “Meet The 37 Republicans Who Could Lose Their Jobs For Shutting Down the Government.” PPP plays the role of Mary Swanson, and the Democratic Party is the gullible Lloyd Christmas.

Gerrymandering, campaign finances, no presidential contest in the off-year, and the coming-wave-of-middle-class-anger over unaffordable health insurance premiums notwithstanding, let’s take a look at some of these “at risk” Republicans.

In my home state of Michigan, PPP lists three of the most powerful Republicans in Congress: Fred Upton, Mike Rogers, and Dave Camp. Fred is my congressman and I’ve known him for nearly thirty years. There simply isn’t a better person in Congress. Our district is solidly Republican, with nearly every county commission and a majority of elected positions in GOP hands. The odds of the Democrats winning Michigan’s 6th congressional district are on par with me winning next year’s Wimbledon championship.

Mike Rogers (chair of the House Intelligence Committee) and Dave Camp (Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee) are two of the most serious, dedicated, and caring public servants ever to represent Michigan. Their constituents recognize these qualities, and, again, the odds are very long that any competitor will get within 10 points of them.

Throughout the list, I find common sense legislators who always put their constituents and country first like: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Frank LoBiondo, Jon Runyan, Leonard Lance, and Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey; Peter King and Richard Hanna of New York; Jim Gerlach and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania; Dave Reichert of Washington; and Tom Petri of Wisconsin.

These legislators have, time and again, supported conservative-oriented conservation policy in the House. Losing any of their voices would be a loss for conservation and our country.

Fortunately, it’s just wishful thinking by liberals, and all too easy to assume the list is ginned up to help the Democrat Congressional Committee pry open skeptical wallets.

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  1. I read the PPP report and thought it to be rather dubious. One reason is the short attention span of the American electorate. What I have seen starting to happen is that some of the Tea Party House Republicans may have primary opponents next year, backed by various entities in the business community. I thought I read that Justin Amash (R-MI) now has a primary opponent.

    A few Tea Partiers could be beaten by really good Dem. candidates. I think it is far more likely to see some of the radical House Republicans getting knocked out by more pragmatic & less doctrinaire Republicans. Given that the “environment” is a dirty word for some of these guys (“drill, baby, drill” hasn’t gone away), some better Republicans could be helpful for our conservationist cause.

  2. Jeff Green says:

    Obama has won many of the districts listed in 2008 against McCain. When he has lost the 2nd time around its only by marginal points. This is easily within the margin of electorate that changes its mind on who they are going to vote for. The government shutdown did not strengthen the republican party but hurt it. Democrats are hungry, able and motivated to be in the majority. When there are only a few points margin and the Republicans might stay home this time being disappointed with tea party behavior. This looks vulnerable to me.

  3. Rob Sisson says:

    Good comments, Steve and Jeff.

    We need to always keep in mind that many grassroots tea party members get what ConservAmerica stands for. The Georgia Tea Party is working hard to make sure that clean energy is part of the mix in that state. None other than Barry Goldwater, Jr. is advocating for increased access to solar energy in Arizona. And many of them also get that environmental laws often protect personal liberty from the trespass of pollution. So, with that in mind, I share this column, hot off the presses about Moderate Republicans and business leaders who want the Republican Party to once again work for America.–politics.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

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