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The Club for Growth — a powerful right-wing group that only supports candidates it deems sufficiently disposed to a fiscally conservative economic agenda and punishes those who aren’t — released the 2013 edition of its congressional scorecard on Monday.

The highly anticipated scorecard grades members of Congress on a 0 to 100 scale, with higher scores indicating greater support for “pro-growth policies.” It is frequently utilized in Republican primaries as evidence of a candidate’s conservative principles — or lack thereof — and its release has become such a political event that The New York Times once described it as “set upon by Republicans like the Oscar nominations list by Hollywood.”

Six members of Congress earned perfect 100 percent scores from the Club for Growth this year — Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), and David Schweikert (R-AZ), and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) — but the Club for Growth does not hold all Republicans in such high esteem. Here’s who should be worried about the newly released report card:

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  • terry b

    All good people, candidates or just us, are fiscal conservatives and social liberals. I guess that makes people to be described as moderates. That is not something that is currently allowed in the republican party. If they would ever actually attempt to move the country forward instead of backward they would definitely become the majority party. Currently, that goes against all of their principles. Too bad. It bothers me to see a once great party become an out of touch party. Hopefully their lunatic behavior will move the senate and house to the democratic party. That would aid them in changing their current attitudes towards women, minorities and even the gay population.

  • howa4x

    To be endorsed by the club for growth you need to be against a living wage being paid, any form of environmental protection, anti women’s’ right to reproductive choices, anti same sex marriage, and anti immigration.You need to be pro gun, pro school vouchers for Christian education, pro off shoring of jobs, Pro privatizing social security and Medicare, pro military buildup and intervention, and want Dodd/Frank immediately repealed, completely anti Obamacare and most of all, reduce the already low tax burden of the richest Americans. Of course this sounds like most any republican so how do you tell the difference?

  • Shargad

    Club for Growth – Chris “Whiney Pants” Chocola, who lost his House seat despite Indiana Republican gerrymandering. A crappy Congressman and a crappier “king-maker”.

  • ThomasBonsell

    I can’t understand why those in the Club for Growth, or any other right-wing business-friendly outfit, can’t type “Economic growth under GOP, Democrats” into Google or any other search engine and find out what reality is.

    Are they afraid they will find that all responses say Democrats are better for all economic categories than are Republicans?

    They will have to label all respondents as “left-leaning, radical, propaganda outfits that can’t be trusted.” That would include outfits like the National Review, BusinessInsider, Forbes, FoxBusiness, Bloomberg, and many other outfits we in the reality community thought were lovers of all things Republican. Maybe they really are stupid and want activities that go against their self-interest, just as many working-class whites are ever accused of voting against their self-interest.

  • adp3d

    More like the Club for GOP Death…those of us who are able to vote in open primaries vote for the guy most likely to fail…