Not Conservative Enough?

At Cato@Liberty, Chris Edwards looks at the economic voting records of the lame duck Republicans and concludes that most of them were fairly moderate on economic issues. I'm not sure, but I think that this is intended to suggest that they would not have lost had they been a bit friendlier to the cause of economic freedom.

Much as I'd like to believe this is true, I suspect a different explanation. Hardcore conservatives are most likely to be elected in solidly Republican states and districts, where they don't have to court the moderate vote. Similarly, the solidly Republican states and districts are by definition unlikely to elect Democrats under any circumstances, so it's pretty much a given that the incumbents who lose as the result of a small shift in voter sentiment will be moderates.

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