Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wrapping up the US Senate, all the rest

Here we break down everybody else.

Akaka F-
Klobuchar C-
Shaheen F-
Webb F

Baucus B
Kirk B
This is something of a surprise, I expected much worse from the United Church of Christ
Brown B-
 Not that bad all things considered, probably the best we can hope for from Massachusetts honestly
Cornyn B-
Tester B
Perhaps this has something to do with how a Democrat can survive as a Senator in Montana?

Snowe C+
I have to confess I thought that the Republican women, often considered RINOs were worse than this. 
Thune B-
I was kind of hoping this guy would run.  He strikes me as solid and boring, just what I want in a president around this time.
Conrad D+
How is it that a Democrat survives as a Senator in North Dakota?  I suspect this guy is pretty vulnerable when his seat comes up for reelection.  His career rating is a C- though.

 Unspecified affiliation

Both F-, go figure.  The median political values of atheists and the non-religious are probably responsible for a good deal of the animus against them.  Depending on how things shake out if things fall apart, I could pretty easily see score-settling occurring against the vocal atheist segment of the population also.


Audacious Epigone said...


Are you planning on breaking out votes by other characteristics beyond religious affiliation? This is interesting, and I think it'd be worthwhile to continue with it from other angles. If you're planning on doing so, I won't, but if you aren't, then I will.

Jehu said...

You're more than welcome to do so. I was considering breaking it down by sex next, but I won't be disappointed if you beat me to it (easy to do since I have a 1 year old and a 2 and a half year old drawing most of my attention on the last few days before Christmas). Breakdown by region and sub-ethnic group might also be enlightening.

Hail said...

Even Massachusetts has some spirit left in it, if it can produce Scott Brown, with a B-.

Senator Brown's ancestry show that he is not an Ellis-Islander, like the majority(?) of the white people of that state today.

Scott Brown's eight great-grandparents:

(1) b.1835 in Virginia.
(2) b.1840 in Pennsylvania
(3) b.1831 in Ohio
(4) b.1845 in Ohio or Germany
(5) b.1848 in Georgia
(6) b.1850 in Georgia
(7) b.???? in Georgia
(8) b.???? in Alabama

All of his ancestors, it looks like, were in the USA all through Manassas, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Sherman's drive on Atlanta, and so on, a (the?) defining event of the American Nation. (Brown's ancestors having been on both sides).

Compare to the other Mass. Senator, Jon Kerry. Grade: F-. His eight great-grandparents:

(1) b.1824(?) in Moravia [Jewish]
(2) b.1845 in Moravia [Jewish]
(3) b.1834 in Moravia [Jewish]
(4) b.1845 in Moravia [Jewish]
(5) b.1839 in New York
(6) b.1846 in New York
(7) b.1834 in Boston
(8) b.1844 in Boston

The four of Kerry's gentile great-grandparents were of Colonial-Yankee stock: Every single one of them had all four grandparents also born in North America.

The person of Jon Kerry illustrates Jewish ascent and Colonial-Yankee (sometimes called 'WASP') decline in the American elite. Despite being half-Jewish and half Colonial-Yankee by ethnic ancestry, Jon Kerry eagerly embraces the the ('elite'-)Jewish party line on the American National Question, which would presumably shock and disgust his four gentile great-grandparents.

Hail said...

Webb, F

This is an exception to the seeming-rule that Colonial-stock American Protestants have higher grades than Ellis-Islanders. Webb's great-grandparents:

(1) b.1859 in Virginia
(2) b.1854 in Virginia
(3) b.1846 in Tennessee
(4) b.1851 in Virginia(?)
(5) b.1830 in VA or TN
(6) b.1844 in TN or Kentucky
(7) b.1854 in Virginia
(8) b.1860 in Arkansas

What explains his softness on this issue?

Jim Webb pictured with current wife (m.2006) and child, 2008.

A picture speaks how many words, again? In this case, 'enough words', anyway.

Jehu said...

Webb has been a great disappointment. Folks did not receive what they expected fro him.

Matt said...

In this case, "UCC" and "Congregational" are almost certainly two different terms used to describe a single group.

Not all Congregationalists are UCC members, but the vast majority are. The other two groups are small enough (and not mentioned) that we can comfortably assume that neither Senator belongs to one.