What’s The Difference?

I have been saying for a long time that “The worst Republican is better than the best Democrat, and I can prove it.”  That proof is to do a statistical analysis of the Taxpayers League Legislative Scorecard, which is based on those fiscal issues that we [supposedly] all agree on.  In the past, my statement has clearly been true, but analysis of the 2012 scorecard requires that my statement must be qualified, thanks to two “rogue” DFLers in the House and three in the Senate.    These best Democrats are only one vote better than the worst Republicans, because of the limited number of votes scored, but that still counts.   The original statement is nonetheless true if one considers lifetime scores, with the worst Republican outscoring the best DFLer by 9 points in the House and a whopping 28 points in the Senate. 

 

The real difference shows up in the AVERAGE scores.  For 2012, Republicans outscored the DFL by 52 points in the Senate and 54 points in the House.  In lifetime score, Republicans outscore the DFL by 63 points in the Senate and by 65 points in the House.  My point is that those who say there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference are saying that they see no difference between a candidate likely to vote with fiscal conservatives 13% of the time and one likely to vote “right” 77% of the time.  It just seems to me that a difference that huge ought to make voting easy, and make not voting unthinkable.   

Party

Number

Statistic

2012

Lifetime

Sen/House

DFL

30

MIN

0

0

Senate

  

MAX (best DFL)

43

29

 
  

AVG

13.7

14.0

 

R

37

MIN (worst GOP)

43

57

Senate

  

MAX

100

95

 
  

AVG

66.1

76.9

 

DFL

63

MIN

0

0

House

  

MAX (best DFL)

57

43

 
  

AVG

16.6

11.9

 

R

72

MIN (worst GOP)

43

52

House

  

MAX

100

96

 
  

AVG

70.5

77.0