Congressman Mike Simpson has a generous amount of support for his idea to breach the four lower Snake River dams in the quest to save salmon, but not from Idaho Republicans — the crowd that he is trying to convince.

Simpson’s fan club on the issue includes Democrats, environmental coalitions, several editorial writers and Rocky Barker – a longtime environmental writer who I think of as the “godfather” of dam breaching. During his time with the Idaho Statesman in the 1990s, Rocky led the way for the newspaper’s nationally acclaimed special section on dam breaching that practically served as a Bible for the salmon advocates.