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Among the 10 best?

Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson

The magazine Esquire has released its lists of the 10 best and 10 worst members of Congress, and among those top and bottom 20, the Northwest is represented once – on the good side – by Idaho Representative Mike Simpson.

The lists overall, by the way, are balanced by party – half D, half R. (It’s also done a presidential endorsement, for Democrat Barack Obama.)

Here’s what it said about Simpson:

“More than any other representative, Simpson lives by the philosophy that democratic representation is a matter of finding not advantageous positions but common ground; not of manning the ramparts but of parleying to prevent war. Has another member of his party ever joined the ACLU for a fact-finding spell? Has any made a habit of meeting with conservationists to learn their wants and fears? Do any work as he does to temper partisanship in the name of progress? None that we could uncover. His constituents reap the benefits.”

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens did make the list of 10 worst.

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