Y’know, it’s early, and it’s not totally fair to judge a guy’s performance by his first roughly 45 days.
So I was tempted to hold off on posting about what fellow blogger and TIB All-Star Matt Hurley noted a couple of weeks ago, namely that Ohio Second District Congressman Brad Wenstrup had to that point earned a 50% score from Americans for Prosperity.
That temptation ended when I saw that COAST, a local good-government and spending-control advocacy group, put up a celebratory post on Wednesday, March 6, the anniversary of Wenstrup’s GOP primary defeat of incumbent Jean Schmidt.
Demonstrating the same total lack of anything resembling perspective the group exhibited during Schmidt’s seven-plus years in Congress, the post opens by characterizing Schmidt’s defeat as “perhaps the greatest day in political history.” Really. I never knew that Ronald Reagan’s triumph over Jimmy Carter in 1980 was so unimportant.
Please note that the post went up at least a week after AFP released its scores.
Let’s also note where Wenstrup stands within Ohio’s Republican Congressional delegation:
- 100% — Boehner, Chabot, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, Latta, Renacci, Stivers.
- 50% — Joyce, Wenstrup, Tiberi
- 0% — Turner
All four Democrats in Ohio’s congressional delegation received 0% scores.
It would appear that AFP’s rating is based on only four roll call votes, so as I said it’s premature to claim that Wenstrup is on a path to consistently disappoint and betray his constituents. But it’s not premature to say that he’s off to a weak start.
It’s also not premature to say that COAST is failing to ride herd on Wenstrup the way it did on Schmidt — who, by the way, received a lifetime 88% rating from AFP (click on the “112th” tab near the top right at the AFP link). Instead, on February 26, in a post mentioning Boehner (100%), Chabot (100%), and Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (50%), COAST encouranged Wenstrup to “keep up the fight.”
If COAST was really paying attention, it would have asked Wenstrup and Massie to join the fight and chilled its embarrassing end zone dance nine days later.
Let’s hope that COAST does a much better job of opposing the City of Cincinnati’s disastrous parking deal than it has thus far in monitoring the performance of Brad Wenstrup.
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: In Massie’s defense, he is one of the 10 members of what Erick Erickson called “the conservative fight club” on March 6 (of all days). These are “members of the House Republican Conference who voted against the (recent) rule on the continuing resolution and voted against John Boehner for Speaker.”