Thursday, October 9, 2008

Skillfully Done, Mr. Simpson

In a time when we expect campaign sites to tell us absolutely everything we need to know about the candidate and their positions, I find it rather odd that Congressman Mike Simpson's campaign site directs its visitors to Wikipedia for more information on the Congressman.

Once the reader hits Wikipedia, if you're interested in Congressman Simpson's personal life this is what it says to offer:
Simpson is an avid painter, specializing in water colors. An annual campaign
fund raiser is held at which his prints are sold.

I guess I was expecting something along the lines of the Congressman has (x) number of children and his wife is named Kathy.

I also found this little blurb about his professional title quite comical:
While Simpson is a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), he does not use the honorific "Dr." while serving in Congress, preferring to be referred to as Congressman or Mr. Simpson.

This is important how? He is in some way humble? Wouldn't have guessed that by the Wikipedia statement that he didn't face real challengers in 2002 and 2004.

Oh, and Congressman Simpson has a blog. Evidently he only finds Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats handling of the budget, the primary election, and nuclear energy important enough to grace his blog. And since June he hasn't felt any need to actively campaign via the site. Come to think of it, I don't know how actively he is campaigning right now at all.

And if the current climate in Washington wasn't tense enough in the final administrative days of the lamest of lame ducks, Congressman Simpson has that photo of him with President Bush and the two Idaho spuds (no, I don't mean Otter & Craig). There he is, grinning ear to ear flanked by President Bush and the rest of the Idaho delegation including Senator Widestance. Way to win points with the voters--two guys that just aren't too popular these days as your buddies.

Way to go, Congressman.

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