It’s not that hard to figure out what the job of a congressional representative is. It’s built right into their job title: They are supposed to represent the views and preferences of the members of their district.
And given the amount of data we have on, well, everything these days, it’s pretty easy to figure out how well different reps are doing their job. You figure out what the views of their constituents are, you see how they voted, and you compare how those two match up. Anyone want to guess how Country Club John Culberson is doing in terms of his most essential job function? Yeah you guessed it:
I don’t need to paint you a picture, I’ll let the numbers do the talking. First, Rep. John “The Science Guy Who’s Anti-Science” Culberson has voted with the Trump agenda exactly 100% of the time thus far. This is not a typo: Culberson has literally never disagreed with any asinine idea that Trump has proposed. Culberson’s like a high school sophomore girl with a crush on Dreamy Donald, the starting varsity QB: in her eyes, Donny can do no wrong.
Innocent enough, and maybe that’s what the people of TX07 want, right? Well… no. This district is pretty evenly split. It went for Clinton over Trump by just shy of 2% in the last election. You can use that figure to get a sense of how often a rep in a given district should vote with Trump to fairly represent the views of the voters. In our case, a representative should vote with Trump about 65% of the time. This is a lot of pro-Trump voting. Like I said, TX07 is a decidedly mixed district.
But the key move is to compare these two figures—how a rep should be voting and how they are voting—to get a sense of whether they’re doing their job. And when you run those numbers, Culberson is about as competent as that dude at Subway who put mayo on when you didn’t ask for it and then sneezed on your sandwich. He oughta be fired. Culberson votes are 35% out of whack with our preferences in TX07. That ain’t the worst job a congressional rep is doing (David Valadao, I’m looking at you) but it’s the 18th worst in the House of Representatives—a group of 435 people.
So I’ll hit you with one last number: Culberson’s job performance is in the lowest 5% of members of the United States House of Congress.
And let me stress: this is not a complaint that Culberson should vote one way while he always votes the other. It’s based on an understanding that TX07 is a diverse district with a lot of different viewpoints, and a reasonable understanding that given the nature of democracy, we’re all going to win some and lose some. Hell, it even concedes that statistically Culberson should vote with Trump a lot of the time if he were representing our district accurately.
But Culberson’s 100% solid man-crush on Doddering Donald is nowhere near a fair representation of the constituents Country Club swore an oath to represent. He’s out of whack even by the low standards of Washington, DC, for Pete’s sake.
The final question then becomes is: “Why?” Can’t be that Culberson doesn’t know we’re here. We’ve made our opinion known through demonstrations, phone calls to his Houston and DC offices, and the March 25th Town Hall where there was massive, unambiguous opposition to just about everything he said (you can watch it yourself here!).
So the answer has to be: He knows what we believe, and what we want. He just doesn’t give a rat’s ass. Culberson is not interested in representing us—i.e., in doing his job—he’s interested in representing one person only: T45, the popular-vote loser who currently occupies the White House. He’s afraid to cast even a single vote because he’s afraid of upsetting a failed real estate slumlord and former game show host whose major Presidential accomplishment is setting a record for sending the most butt-hurt tweets.
At this point, I remember all the “Do your job” chants at the March 25th Town Hall. And it’s pretty clear that by just about any standard, Culberson is failing miserably at his line of work, and that he has no inclination to change. So let’s do our job, y’all, and vote out Misrepresentative Culberson so we can get someone in Congress who knows what real representation means.