Lisa Murkowski approval: 59/27 with Democrats, 38/50 with RepublicansIt's my post so I get to make the rules. The Congressional Quarterly has released its Presidential Support Rating. (Percentage of recorded votes cast in 2013 on which President Barack Obama took a position and on which the senator voted “yea” or “nay” in agreement with the president’s position.)
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I'll go through the list of Republican senators and identify the the Super RINOs, the RINOs and the squishy centrists. A squishy centrist receives recognition by voting with the President more than 40% of the time. A RINO by my definition is someone voting with Obama more than 50% and a Super RINO has a 60%+ support rating.
- Susan Collins, Maine, 76%, Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, 72%.
- John McCain, Arizona, 59%, Jeff Flake, Arizona, 56% Johnny Isakson, Georgia, 54%, Rob Portman, Ohio, 54%, Orrin Hatch, Utah, 53%, Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, 52%, Bob Corker, Tennessee, 51%, Mark Kirk, Illinois, 51% Thad Cochran, Mississippi, 50% Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire 50%.
- Richard Burr, North Carolina, 49% Saxby Chambliss, Georgia, 48%, Roger Wicker, Mississippi, 48%, Lamar Alexander, Tennessee, 47%, Dan Coats, Indiana 45%, Mike Johanns, Nebraska, 45%, Dean Heller, Nevada, 44%, John Thune, North Dakota, 44%, John Hoeven, North Dakota, 43%, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, 42%, Deb Fischer, Nebraska, 40%.
- Jeff Sessions, Alabama, 34%, Pat Roberts, Kansas, 34%, John Cornyn, Texas, 34%, Mitch McConnell, Kentucky, 33%, Rand Paul, Kentucky, 31%, David Vitter Louisiana, 31% Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma, 31%, Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, 31%, John Barrasso, Wyoming, 31%, Ted Cruz, Texas, 30%, Mike Enzi, Wyoming 30%, Mike Crapo, Idaho, 29%, Tim Scott, South Carolina, 29%, James Risch, Idaho, 27%.
So much for the myth of independent Democratic Senators. Nineteen Senate Democrats voted with Obama 100% of the time and 15 Senators 99% of the time. So called conservative Democrats Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted with Obama 90% of the time. Faux independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted with Obama 97% and 94% respectively.