"Now, how are Never Trumpers gonna deal with that? No, seriously! Trump
has appointed a more serious cabinet than even Reagan, according to the
American Conservative Union." Rush Limbaugh, Feb. 23, 2017
2/9/17, "CPAC-ACU: Trump's Cabinet the most conservative, surpassing Reagan," Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard
"Donald Trump has succeeded in picking the most conservative cabinet in the modern era, and possibly ever, even besting the team put together by former
President Reagan, according to a scorecard from the American
Conservative Union, host of the annual CPAC convention.
ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told Secrets that Trump's team, made
up in part with House and Senate lawmakers graded by the group over the
years, has a 91.52 percent conservative rating, significantly surpassing
Reagan's by 28 points.
Only the Cabinet of former President George H.W. Bush, who was
Reagan's vice president and followed the Gipper into the Oval Office,
came close with a 78.15 conservative rating.
"By our ranking of the members of Congress in the Cabinet, this
is the most conservative Cabinet of any Republican including Reagan,"
"The set up is nice," added Schlapp, currently preparing for the Feb. 22-25 annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which could be the biggest ever.
Liberals have mocked the rightward tilt of Trump's team, but
conservatives are cheering it and expect it to keep the president on the
course to limited government, reduced regulations, smaller taxes and a
The ACU ratings, 0-100,
are based on the average of the grades given to lawmakers in the
Cabinet. Some Cabinets, like both of the Bushes, had many lawmakers. The
total numbers are higher for some because longer presidencies saw
Cabinet secretaries resign and be replaced. Those details are below:
— Trump, five of 21 picks were in Congress, average lifetime ACU rating of 91.52 percent.
— George H.W. Bush, 10 of 30, rating of 78.15 percent.
— George W. Bush, 10 of 48, rating of 76.40 percent.
— Gerald Ford, 2 of 32, 70.5 percent.
— Reagan, 7 of 46, 63.43 percent.
— Richard Nixon, 2 of 43, 58.5 percent.
— Barack Obama, 9 of 47, 23.96 percent.
— Bill Clinton, 9 of 44, 18.62 percent.
— Jimmy Carter, 4 of 30, 5.31 percent.
— Lyndon Johnson, 1 of 26, 4.12 percent.
Trump has named five lawmakers to his Cabinet. Vice President Mike Pence has a ACU lifetime rating is 99.43 for his years in the House. The others:
— Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, confirmed to be Attorney General, 94.21 percent lifetime rating.
— Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, for Interior, 71 lifetime rating.
— Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, for HHS, 96 lifetime rating.
— Former Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, director National Intelligence, 89.5 lifetime rating.
— Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, confirmed for CIA, 96.8 lifetime rating."
Rush Limbaugh quote from:
2/23/17, "The Opening Monologue: Poll on the Economy, Boehner, Mnuchin, Trump’s Cabinet — and More," RushLimbaugh.com
Friday, February 24, 2017
Never Trumper butt hurt: CPAC ACU: Trump cabinet most conservative, surpassing Reagan. "Now, how are Never Trumpers gonna deal with that?" Rush Limbaugh, Feb. 23, 2017. Lawmakers in Trump cabinet avg. 91.52% ACU rating, Reagan 63.43. Others: Obama 23.96, Clinton 18.62, Carter 5.31, LBJ 4.12-Washington Examiner, Bedard
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