May 1, 2016

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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