Vets for Freedom has released an analysis of key, war-related Senate votes – the Report Card is here (PDF) – grading every Senator on thirty votes critical to the missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the overall War on Terror. The methodology is available in the full document, but it is straightforward.
They judged candidates based on their voting records alone – up or down on bills and amendments, with a small penalty for those times when a Senator did not vote.
They calculated a straight percentage based on those factors, with no “extra credit” or shady tinkering to elevate one vote in order to help reach a predetermined result.
They supported or opposed legislation based on three criteria:
1. Funding for the troops
2. Timelines for withdrawal
3. How the legislation impacted the ability of the troops to carry out their mission
Sadly, support for the mission and the new counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq has, for much of the 110th Congress, broken down largely on partisan lines — but not entirely.
Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both receive A+ ratings from Vets for Freedom.