NAACP Flunks the GOP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released its annual congressional "report card" this week, and the civil rights group flunked nearly every Republican in Congress.

Like many advocacy groups, the NAACP evaluates members of Congress based on their voting records around a certain agenda. The NAACP has been grading Congress on what it calls the "bread and butter" civil rights agenda since 1914.

All Senate Republicans received a grade of "F" on the report card, with two exceptions: Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins who both scored 76 percent, or a "C." Republican Jim DeMint received the worst grade in the Senate, with a score of 10 percent.

By contrast, all Senate Democrats received a grade of "A," "B," or "Incomplete." A number of Democrats scored 100 percent.

Votes considered for the Senate scorecard included the confirmation of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, a vote in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and a vote in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus act.

On the House side, all but a handful of Republicans received an "F." Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida received the highest Republican score at 76 percent.