If you are among the Utahns who thought Rep. Jim Matheson is a Republican, you would be wrong—mostly.
If you’re among the Republicans who always thought Jim is masquerading as a conservative Democrat, but is really the tool of Satan—or at least Nancy Pelosi—you too are mostly wrong—probably.
At least that’s what a study done by a Brigham Young University egghead has found. Adam Brown, a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, threw some science at the usual political yammering about Mysterious Matheson—who is under threat of being deposed by far-right Republican Mia Love, who, herself, despite being an immigrant anchor baby, falls somewhere to rightward of Attila the Hun.
“It is readily apparent that Matheson is among the most conservative Democrats in the US House. Of 194 Democrats presently serving, only 4 have a score more conservative than Matheson’s. Whether that makes him a ‘conservative’ in absolute terms rather than relative terms is, of course, in the eye of the beholder.”
The highly sexy graph above tells the story: Matheson is just barely on Democratic turf.
You can get more explanation and graphs here.