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ProgressivePunch ranks Idaho's Congresscritters
There's a new website in town, it's got silicon in its veins, and it's fast on the draw. It's name is ProgressivePunch, and here's how they describe what they do:
ProgressivePunch is a non-partisan searchable database of Congressional voting records from a Progressive perspective. But we're convinced it's extremely useful irrespective of anyone's political positions.
We show the performance of members within 125 different issue categories, and detailed vote descriptions, thereby empowering you to zero in on what matters to you.
Many groups and organizations that set up their own rating systems include their own biases, intentionally or unintentionally. ProgressivePunch claims their methodology eliminates this problem, and that they "try to take human beings out of the equation as much as possible." Although, as they write on their website:
"The Progressive Position" by definition, is the position of the majority of the Progressives, not the position of the majority of the Republicans. We've tested this algorithm in the real world and it works extremely well.
So what does it have to say about Idaho's own odd squad of Larry Craig, Mike Crapo, Mike Simpson and Butch Otter? Before we show you the numbers, let's first look at an example of how a Democrat from our neck of the woods would rate.
U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana was first elected to his position back in 1978. Though I'm not sure everyone in Montana would call him progressive, compared to most Republicans in Montana he's certainly far ahead of the curve.
Calling up his name in ProgressivePunch, his progressive score in all issue categories (spanning a list starting at "Aid to Less Advantaged People" and ending at "War & Peace"), Sen. Baucus rates a progressive score of 72.60%, and a rank of 45/100 — not bad at all. So how do our Gem State GOoPers fare? Sadly, somewhere between whale scat and the Earth's core:
|Prog. Score (%)||Rank|
|Sen. Larry Craig||2.14||99/100|
|Sen. Mike Crapo||3.39||89/100|
|Rep. Mike Simpson||4.96||330/435|
|Rep. C. L. "Butch" Otter||5.73||314/435|
You read that right — when it comes to progressive values, Craig is the 2nd-worst in the Senate, less than a percentage point ahead of Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a guy who puts the "nut" in wingnut. Crapo, Simpson and Otter don't have a lot to brag about, either.
Look at it this way — it's not that they're light-years to the rear when it comes to progressive values (which they are), it's that they proudly lead the nation in regressive ones.
Idaho, it's definitely time to throw the bums out.