As part of the continuing battle for the moral ground in American politics, both sides like to churn the voting records of congressmen and senators through a partisan analysis and decide which of your representatives toe closest to the ideological line. The practice hasn't been popular too much on the statewide level until recently.
Now, from the right side of the spectrum, the Beltway heavyweight American Conservative Union has released a ranking of the members of the Ohio General Assembly. According to the ACU's rubric, the highest level a red-bleeding legislator can receive is “Defender of Liberty” status, an honor which comes with matching gold inscribed breastplate and pitchfork.
After a session that included a knee-capping of collective bargaining rights and an expansion of where you can go with your gun, Ohio's contingent scored high. According to the final tally, 17 of the state's 33 senators and 45 of the 99 representatives are “Defenders of Liberty;” an additional four senators and eight representatives got the silver metal, the “ACU Conservatives” ranting.
So what does all this mean for the defense of liberty up here in Northeast Ohio? Unfortunately, not that great. Turns out, our flank is open to attack: only two of those senators and nine reps among the top ranking white knights are from our region. Cuyahoga County only has one — first term rep Mike Dovilla. Making matter worse, the region is filthy with usurpers of liberty, or, according to the ACU's jargon, “True Liberals of the Buckeye State.” 12 out of the 26 representatives who scored zero on the group's ranking are from the region.