mccarthyBoehner is leaving, but did conservatives win?

After it became apparent that at least 30 Republicans would vote against retaining John Boehner as Speaker, denying him a majority vote of the full House, he will resign from the post, and from Congress, effective Oct. 30.

But who will replace him? And is it a victory for conservatives?

The first question is easy to answer.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the heavy favorite to succeed Boehner.

The second question is cloudier.

McCarthy is a Boehner loyalist, and one of the House Republican leaders who was working to round up votes to keep Boehner as Speaker.

Boehner also appointed McCarthy chairman of the Republican platform committee at the 2008 National Convention, and shepherded McCarthy’s rise through House leadership, from chief deputy minority whip to majority whip, to his current post of majority leader.

He won the post over the more conservative Rep. Raul Labrador, after then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his House seat in a primary challenge from Tea Party conservative Dave Brat.

McCarthy kept many of Cantor’s staffers.

McCarthy’s voting record also gives conservatives concern.

The average House Republican scored a disappointing 68 percent on Heritage Action’s voting scorecard.

McCarthy’s score was even lower, at 63 percent.

According to Heritage, in the last session of Congress, McCarthy:

  • Voted for a Homeland Security bill that funded Obama’s amnesty plan
  •  Voted for a $500 billion Boehner-Pelosi scheme to expand Medicare and Hillary Clinton’s “SCHIP” program.
  • Voted to expand transportation and Housing and Urban Development spending by $1.5 billion.

The Freedom Index finds in the last session of Congress, McCarthy also voted:

  •  Voted for a pair of cyber-spying bills that Rep. Justin Amash notes “violate the Fourth Amendment, override privacy laws, and give the government unwarranted access to the personal information of potentially millions of Americans.”
  • Voted for the $1.013 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill, opposed by conservatives, that capitulated to Obama.
  • Voted for the Senate bill to raise the federal debt limit.
  • Voted for the continuing budget resolution that increased federal spending by $35 billion over just two years.
  • Voted against Rep. Steve Stockman’s amendment to prohibit Obama from using U.S. tax dollars to conduct training exercises for Chinese warships.

Boehner is out, but will the new Speaker be more of the same?