Sen: Brown (D) Gets "B" Grade, DeWine (R) Gets "D+" On Supporting Troops
This story on DailyKos.com reports that the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America studied 324 legislative votes in the last five years which affected American troops and veterans (including veterans' benefits, healthcare, and medical research dedicated towards injured soldiers) and calculated which senators and congressmen had a history of supporting the troops, and which did not. The full results are available in a searchable database. Blogger Bob Geiger has helpfully reduced these results to a table of Senators ranked according to letter grades. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville) gets a lousy mark of "D+". Ohio's other Republican incumbent, Sen. George Voinovich (R), gets a "D". Every Democratic Senator scores better than any Republican.
UPDATE: Geiger also reports that challenger Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) got a "B" grade under this system:
Republican Senator Mike DeWine -- you know, he's the guy who starts one of his campaign's television ads with "While they're fighting for us abroad, he's fighting for them at home" -- came in with a D+. His opponent, Democrat Sherrod Brown, was given a B rating for his military votes in the House, despite DeWine's bogus claim in an October 1 Meet the Press debate that Brown "has voted against funding for the military when it really counted."