In June, Karl Rove was speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival when he made a comment that is now shocking the conservative world:
“The most liberal Republican is Justin Amash of Michigan. Far more liberal than any other Republican… And why? Because he is a 100 percent, purist libertarian… and if it’s not entirely perfect, ‘I’m voting with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi.’”
This comes as quite a shock to Amash and his supporters whose disdain for the liberal policies of the Democrat Party can clearly be seen in his voting record.
In fact, for a bit of comparison, Justin Amash has voted with Pelosi 21% of the time while Michele Bachmann has voted with Pelosi 25% of the time.
Amash took to twitter to defend his reputation.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 8, 2013
He also noted on twitter that he has a lifetime conservative score of 100% from the Club for Growth, Freedom Works, and the Cato Institute (which is a conservative leaning libertarian think tank).
To be fair to Rove, Representative Amash is a libertarian Republican. He does oppose the Republican Party more than most of his colleagues… but what does it say about Amash when he is the Republican who votes least with the Democrats and least with his own Party?
It’s high time that we cut RINO’s like Karl Rove, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham from the Republican Party. They are dragging us ever closer to the Democrat Party on issues across the board, staring with our economic principles.
Let me ask it this way – Does the fact that Justin Amash is the Republican who votes least with his own party mean he is a liberal? Or, does the fact that Justin Amash is the Republican who votes least with Nancy Pelosi mean that the Republican Party in general has become too liberal?
I think it’s a pertinent question, and that this is a real struggle in the Republican Party right now. Justin Amash is one of those “wacko birds” along with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz that Rove, McCain, and Graham so disdain. Of that group who have we seen fighting the Democrats hardest?
I think that we have to ask a lot of questions about who we want to follow into the future – the leaders of the past — Rove, McCain and Graham? They are the ones who have led us to where we are today, a minority party that is constantly giving in on important issues. Keeping in mind that it was Rove himself who tried to build an organization that would compete with and stamp out the tea party influence in the party. Or should we be following the “wacko birds” who are shouting from the rooftops that the Democrats are leading us to destruction?
Amash may not be a “good” Republican today, but the “good” Republicans aren’t acting all that conservative.
We need to decide if we’d rather be conservative or Republican.
Here is an interview that Amash gave to Reason magazine that specifically focuses on his beliefs and why he votes the way he does, so you can decide for yourself whether or not he’s a liberal.