The Texas Conservative Roundtable changed their scores but not their stripes after their purportedly conservative scorecard was roundly panned by the Texas conservative movement. It was panned because it scores fiscal moderates as fiscal conservatives and vice versa.
The scoring change came after TXCR had already received their media push from friendlies, including the Texas Tribune, old media Texas newspapers, and even Real Clear Politics.
TXCR says the problem was a computer error, albeit an anti-business computer error, the correction of which has resulted in slightly improved scoring.
For example, before the change, saint-quality conservative David Simpson had a failing grade and was tied with liberal Democrat Joe Deshotel. After the change, Simpson is seven points ahead of Deshotel, but both are still failing.
By contrast, Jim Pitts, a D and F student on virtually every other conservative scorecard, receives a 98.1 on the TXCR scorecard.
With a smattering of scores that stayed the same, the change raised republican scores between 1 and 4 points, and lowered democrat scores by the same margin. This fixes the embarrassing problem of having four democrats rated more conservative than conservative stalwart Simpson.
TXCR would undoubtedly like to push the conservative movement rejection of their scorecard exclusively onto their uncorrected scores. In fact, the character of their scorecard is unchanged.
The moderate way is to a) campaign as a proud conservative, b) when in Austin, call the people who legislate the way you campaigned “crazy fringe elements”, c) fight for lobby legislation, some of which is good for Texas, some of which is bad, and d) undermine bills based in the parts of conservatism the lobby has no use for, and that snobs will look down on you for.
These four moves together make up the moderate agenda bait-and-switch maneuver.
The TXCR scorecard is a sneaky moderate response to two new realities piled on to the dominance of the conservative brand in Texas and the sharply increased attention on politics brought on by the tea party awakening: 1) the increased difficulty and danger associated with the moderate agenda bait-and-switch maneuver, and 2) the increased importance of scorecards.