The politics of Disaster: Rep. Simpson Seeks Special Grazing For Fire-Riddled Idaho. By Brodie Farquhar. New West
Simpson is following a long tradition among Idaho politicians of using fire disaster to do exactly the wrong thing, but something that pleases powerful constituents.
He seems to have taken the over the role of Larry Craig — a good fire is time for a good feeding for the timber barons, and now increasingly big ranchers and corporate ranches.