A recent report ranking legislators on conservatism has rankled social conservatives, who are upset that social bills are excluded from the recent conservative scorecard put out by former legislator Roger Koopman and the Montana Conservative Alliance–even though social bills dominate the discussion this session. The omission occurs on the heels of a series of GOP Guest Editorials and public statements attempting to mitigate the damage caused by the GOP focus on social bills instead of jobs this session.
Social conservative activist Dallas D. Erickson, from Montana Citizens for Decency through Law urges.
Don’t believe this [Koopman] report for a minute. This only takes into account fiscal bills.
Any moral issues bills would be considered by this group as “more government”. The repeal of the marijuana law would probably be a “more government” bill. Any bill to regulate and control the killing of the unborn would be considered “more government”. This is a one sided report of two sides of a true conservative. Anyone getting high scores on this probably has a Libertarian bent. Libertarians believe that drugs and alcohol should have a free reign, no matter the impact it would have on the family so any bill to clamp down on drunk drivers or other crimes would be considered “more government”.
Erickson is only the latest among GOP social conservatives to hamper the GOP’s desparate attempts portray this session as focused on jobs.
Whichever side you believe will win, one thing is clear. Republicans on both sides of the debate are spending a whole lot of energy on things other than getting other Republicans elected next cycle.