FreedomWorks is a Tea Party group started by former Congressman Dick Armey (R-TX-26). They’re supported by Glenn Beck, and generally they do some pretty good things.
These good folk have decided to make Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) their #1 target for 2012. I realize that Hatch isn’t always someone the right can count on during confirmation votes, and he’s a bit of a big government conservative. But he has a lifetime ACU rating of 89.47 and was one of 12 Senators with a perfect 100 for 2010.
Compare with the other Senators running for re-election in 2012:
|Senator||2010 ACU Rating||2009||Lifetime|
|Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)||8.00||0.00||8.50|
|Tom Carper (D-DE)||0.00||4.00||11.61|
|Bill Nelson (D-FL)||8.00||4.00||34.15|
|Richard Lugar (R-IN)||71.00||68.00||77.08|
|Olympia Snowe (R-ME)||64.00||48.00||48.39|
|Ben Cardin (D-MD)||0.00||0.00||5.26|
|Scott Brown (R-MA)||74.00||N/A||74.00|
|Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)||0.00||0.00||8.40|
|Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)||4.00||12.00||9.00|
|Roger Wicker (R-MS)||96.00||88.00||91.13|
|Claire McCaskill (D-MO)||17.00||28.00||18.25|
|Jon Tester (D-MT)||20.00||16.00||17.00|
|Ben Nelson (D-NB)||48.00||44.00||47.01|
|Dean Heller (R-NV)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Bob Menendez (D-NJ)||0.00||0.00||7.67|
|Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)||0.00||0.00||7.75|
|Sherrod Brown (D-OH)||0.00||0.00||7.77|
|Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA)||0.00||12.00||7.00|
|Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)||0.00||0.00||2.00|
|Bob Corker (R-TN)||92.00||84.00||85.50|
|Bernie Sanders (I-VT)||4.00||12.00||6.59|
|Maria Cantwell (D-WA)||12.00||8.00||10.30|
|Joe Manchin (D-WV)||33.00||N/A||33.00|
|John Barrasso (R-WY)||100.00||100.00||99.00|
Orrin Hatch has the 3rd highest lifetime ACU rating of Senators up for re-election in 2012.
So, my two questions for FreedomWorks are:
- Why in the world is he your #1 target?
- Do you really think you’re going to replace him with someone better?