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Diana Rowe Pauls

For being a member of the party who "supports the troops", you might expect more from Simpson.

Ha!

He's just one more the the many hypocrites in the herd... but try to explain this to the glassy-eyed mantra-mumbling faithful around here...

Here is Simpson's "report card" for Veteran's issues...

In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Simpson a grade of C.

Representative Simpson supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 66 percent in 2006.

Representative Simpson supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2005.

Representative Simpson supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2004.

On the votes that the The Retired Enlisted Association considered to be the most important in 2004, Representative Simpson voted their preferred position 33 percent of the time.

On the votes that the Disabled American Veterans - House considered to be the most important in 2003, Representative Simpson voted their preferred position 0 percent of the time.

Representative Simpson supported the interests of the American Veterans 50 percent in 2003.

But hey, BEFORE the war in Iraq, it's a different story. On the votes that the Disabled American Veterans considered to be the most important in 2001, Representative Simpson voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time.

What changed??

Jessica

This is funny to me because when Simpson spoke at ISU in February, he was so quick to point out how he had gone against his own party for the good of the American people in many instances. In fact, it was the first thing he talked about, and he talked about it for a long time.

Julie in Boise

Diana, that is great info. Thanks for posting it.

Jessica, my guess is that Simpson knows how to play to a college crowd. You wouldn't catch him dissing the GOP at the Burley Rotary Club.

Jessica

The college crowd was mostly the choir that he could preach to and a few people, like me, who are Democrats, though a few walked out when he said you don't support the troops if you don't support the war. There were, at most, 30 people there at the events height, half of which were people who were at the event as part of someone's staff (Simpson, Luna, and Wasden were there to speak) and it looked like a small family was there that were big Republican supporters.

A lot of the other people who were there, in this commons area on campus, were there not for the event but because they just happened to be there when the Repubs started their event. I think Simpson thought he needed to pander, but it was probably a waste of time.

By the time Luna spoke, there were maybe 15 people there. There were only a couple of us that weren't connected to someone's campaign.

Erik

Hello, all

Just wanna tip my hat to you. I'm in IL (aka Obamaland), so we don't have to worry as much here about being "rebels". Anytime I see fellow progressives deep in the heart of GOP territory speaking out to try and effect a change in their state it warms me heart.

Btw, what are the chances that Larry Craig will try again to knock off Bill Sali next year?

Julie in Boise

Hi Erik, and thanks for stopping by to say hi. Illinois is my home state, though I haven't lived there since age 4.

Yes, we have a tough slog here, but we keep fighting. I guess as a former Midwesterner (I've lived in Ohio as well as IL), I know that a vibrant two-party system is possible.

You mean Larry GRANT - and yes, there's a good chance he may challenge BS again. I mean, his website says "Is it 2008 yet?" (Click my name.)

Diana Rowe Pauls

I faxed my letter to Simpson... click my name to read...

Diana Rowe Pauls

FYI... Craig and Crapo may not be "hot topic" today, but the veteran's groups aren't rating them very high either. Click my name for more...

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