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« on: April 02, 2024, 11:14:07 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2024, 11:42:55 PM »

Mike Lee would be a good candidate.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2024, 12:45:11 AM »

If by 'conservative' you mean stupid, either Ron Johnson or Tommy Tuberville.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2024, 09:55:30 AM »

Ideological rankings for the 118th Congressional generally aren't available yet, but this one for the 117th had Scott (R-FL) as the most conservative, followed by Braun (R-IN), Cruz (R-TX), Blackburn (R-TN) and Cramer (R-ND).

The median (#50) senator under this ranking was Murkowski.  2022 seems to have been an exodus of moderate Republicans, as Portman, Shelby, Blunt, Burr and Toomey were all rated among the body's most moderate senators. 

Romney, Sinema and Manchin are retiring in 2024, and if Tester loses then the remaining "moderate" coalition in the senate is Murkowski, Collins, Kelly and...Warnock?  (defined as senators ranked between #45-#55 in the ideological scores for 2021-22.)  These scores may not accurately reflect how Kelly and Warnock have been voting since 2022, since they're now somewhat freed from election-year pressures.

In 2025, it will be interesting to see what kind of senator Fetterman becomes.  His positions are heterodox enough that he can be usefully deployed to be the "fall man" for the moderate bloc.  Ditto for if Hogan somehow wins, too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2024, 03:32:06 PM »

Ideological rankings for the 118th Congressional generally aren't available yet, but this one for the 117th had Scott (R-FL) as the most conservative, followed by Braun (R-IN), Cruz (R-TX), Blackburn (R-TN) and Cramer (R-ND).

The median (#50) senator under this ranking was Murkowski.  2022 seems to have been an exodus of moderate Republicans, as Portman, Shelby, Blunt, Burr and Toomey were all rated among the body's most moderate senators.  

Romney, Sinema and Manchin are retiring in 2024, and if Tester loses then the remaining "moderate" coalition in the senate is Murkowski, Collins, Kelly and...Warnock?  (defined as senators ranked between #45-#55 in the ideological scores for 2021-22.)  These scores may not accurately reflect how Kelly and Warnock have been voting since 2022, since they're now somewhat freed from election-year pressures.

In 2025, it will be interesting to see what kind of senator Fetterman becomes.  His positions are heterodox enough that he can be usefully deployed to be the "fall man" for the moderate bloc.  Ditto for if Hogan somehow wins, too.

Fetterman isn't that moderate outside of Israel and immigration. He's still a progressive Dem, just not the protégé of AOC that everyone was expecting him to be.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2024, 03:38:45 PM »

Ideological rankings for the 118th Congressional generally aren't available yet, but this one for the 117th had Scott (R-FL) as the most conservative, followed by Braun (R-IN), Cruz (R-TX), Blackburn (R-TN) and Cramer (R-ND).

The median (#50) senator under this ranking was Murkowski.  2022 seems to have been an exodus of moderate Republicans, as Portman, Shelby, Blunt, Burr and Toomey were all rated among the body's most moderate senators. 

Romney, Sinema and Manchin are retiring in 2024, and if Tester loses then the remaining "moderate" coalition in the senate is Murkowski, Collins, Kelly and...Warnock?  (defined as senators ranked between #45-#55 in the ideological scores for 2021-22.)  These scores may not accurately reflect how Kelly and Warnock have been voting since 2022, since they're now somewhat freed from election-year pressures.

In 2025, it will be interesting to see what kind of senator Fetterman becomes.  His positions are heterodox enough that he can be usefully deployed to be the "fall man" for the moderate bloc.  Ditto for if Hogan somehow wins, too.

Fetterman isn't that moderate outside of Israel and immigration. He's still a progressive Dem, just not the protégé of AOC that everyone was expecting him to be.

Israel and immigration are the top two issues right now.  If the discussion was re-centered on healthcare or taxes, I think Fetterman would "adapt" on those too (although, probably not to the extent of Manchinema.)
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2024, 11:08:42 AM »

I would agree with Christian Man that Mike Lee probably ranks the most conservative, particularly if you use the American Conservative Union's rating method.

If by 'conservative' you mean stupid, either Ron Johnson or Tommy Tuberville.

The user in the OP has a lime green avatar,  like me, not red or maroon, so I seriously doubt he would "mean" to equate conservatism with stupidity.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2024, 10:34:14 AM »

Ted Cruz?
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2024, 10:07:36 PM »

Ideological rankings for the 118th Congressional generally aren't available yet, but this one for the 117th had Scott (R-FL) as the most conservative, followed by Braun (R-IN), Cruz (R-TX), Blackburn (R-TN) and Cramer (R-ND).

The median (#50) senator under this ranking was Murkowski.  2022 seems to have been an exodus of moderate Republicans, as Portman, Shelby, Blunt, Burr and Toomey were all rated among the body's most moderate senators. 

Romney, Sinema and Manchin are retiring in 2024, and if Tester loses then the remaining "moderate" coalition in the senate is Murkowski, Collins, Kelly and...Warnock?  (defined as senators ranked between #45-#55 in the ideological scores for 2021-22.)  These scores may not accurately reflect how Kelly and Warnock have been voting since 2022, since they're now somewhat freed from election-year pressures.

In 2025, it will be interesting to see what kind of senator Fetterman becomes.  His positions are heterodox enough that he can be usefully deployed to be the "fall man" for the moderate bloc.  Ditto for if Hogan somehow wins, too.

Well, I don't think Rick Scott has a case anymore:

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