Senator Saxby Chambliss Tied for 1st as Most Conservative Senator

In an article from the AJC:

Georgia’s senior senator tied for 1st place — along with seven others — in a Top 10 list of the most conservative senators compiled by National Journal, a political newspaper and Web site.

The publication noted Chambliss’s “big jump” among the ranks of conservatives in Congress, moving up from No. 20 on its “most conservative” rankings in 2009. The rankings are based primarily on voting records on specific issues.

Congressional records show that Chambliss votes with fellow Republicans 100 percent of the time. The American Conservative Union also ranks Chambliss highly, giving him a perfect 100 score last year. The conservative public policy group gave junior Sen. Johnny Isakson a 91 last year.

Among those tying with Chambliss as the Senate’s No. 1 conservative was Arizona Sen. John McCain, who in the 2008 presidential election campaigned on his “maverick” voting credentials and his history of working across party lines. National Journal noted that between 2002-2006, McCain ranked no higher than No. 44 among the most conservative senators.

Others tied for first in National Journal’s most conservative senators ranking: Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina; John Barrasso of Wyoming; John Cornyn of Texas; Mike Crapo of Idaho; James Risch of Idaho and John Thune of South Dakota. Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Roger Wicker of Mississippi ranked 9 and 10, respectively.

The article says that none of Georgia’s 8 Republicans in the U.S. House made it to the list of Congress’ most conservative Representatives.



  1. Charlie says:

    This is going to make some of our regular commenters’ heads explode.

    Fact is, Saxby has been doing a lot under the radar on working to find some good conservative solutions to some of our country’s biggest problems, with the deficit at the top of that list. His stature has been increasing with his seniority, and I think those who don’t think he has sufficient conservative bonafides need to look at the direction he’s been taking, and possibly conclude that maybe his runoff in 2008 sent a message that he has received loud and clear.

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      You can usually count on “Republicans” to be republicans when the “Democrats” are in the White House.

      Just like you can usually count on “Democrats” to be democrats when the “Republicans” are in the White House.

      I’d rather wait until a “Republicans” occupy the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives before deciding whether Saxby Chambliss is a republican or a “Republican.” He couldn’t get right when Bush told him everyone to vote for the bailout.

  2. Doug Deal says:

    You can imagine the word conservative means anything you want and make Sen Sanders – VT the most conservative if you wanted to. That’s why there silly terms have been left meaningless. Unless you pledge yourself to smaller government and better fiscal self control, you are an enemy to the tax payer, and deserve to be shown the electoral door.

  3. shotgunjohn says:

    Saxby never met a farm subsidy he couldn’t vote for. When he votes against the next Ag bill, then I will believe his conservative bona-fides.

  4. Well, good for Saxby.

    After I cleaned up my exploded head and re-attached it as best I could, I thought about it. I decided that if Saxby wants to vote the way I would prefer he vote – very conservative – then that was quite alright with me.

    I’ll save my outrage for when he messes up – like bipartisan tax increases, indulgent ag support measures and getting mixed up with a “Gang of” any number that involves other US Senators. I’m sure that will happen, but in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy it.

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