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Liberals like to claim that all Republicans from the top all the way to the last voter, are radical, right-wing, crazies. But a rating of congressional voting records shows that Democrats are far more to the left than Republicans are to the right.

In fact, according to the long-running ratings assembled by CPAC, the number of 100 percent conservatives in Congress has declined and the number of 100 percent liberals has exploded.

Per the Washington Examiner:

In one of the biggest surprises revealed since the ratings began, there are twice as many Democrats with perfect zero conservative ratings in the House and Senate today than in 1971. And there are significantly fewer Republicans with 100% ratings in the House and Senate today than 51 years ago.

The just-published 52nd Ratings of Congress from CPAC’s Center for Legislative Accountability found 14 House members and just three senators — Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Mike Braun (R-IN) — with 100% ratings on the issues the group cares about. In 1971, there were 61 perfect House Republicans and 11 100% senators, including conservative giants Barry Goldwater of Arizona, New York’s James L. Buckley, and South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond.

The CPAC report found Democrats much more moderate decades ago. In 1971, there were 23 senators with zero ratings on the CPAC report card of conservative issues. Today there are 38, more than half the Democratic Caucus. In the House, there were 39 perfect liberal voters in 1971 compared to 76 today. Plus, there are dozens of House liberals with a 3% rating.

CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said the analytics show that many Republicans come to Washington and face-plant into the swamp’s deep end over time.

“I think the biggest lesson that we’ve learned, through our analytics, is that over time Republicans that returned to D.C. term after term tend to move towards the middle. And over time, Democrats move towards the hard Left,” Schlapp said in an interview.

“That’s the impact of this town and that’s the impact of most of the media in this town. That’s the impact of the cocktail circuit. The more you move to the left, the more you will be loved,” he said.

The rating system hasn’t changed much in the last fifty years. But the content of Congress most certainly has.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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