Robert Vasquez, we hardly knew ye. Actually, Idahoans knew ye all too well - as a single-issue flamethrower - and that's why your Senate campaign went nowhere. Idahoans may differ on how to resolve the nation's illegal immigration situation, but most of us agree that relentlessly demonizing Latinos and Mexico won't solve anything.
But wait ... Larry Craig, should he decide to run, may not have a free pass toward the GOP nomination after all. Boise City Councilman Alan Shealy told Boise Weekly that he may run for the Senate as a Republican. (Boise elects its mayor and council on a nonpartisan basis.) So the current scorecard reads:
Larry LaRocco - yes
Larry Craig - ????!
Robert Vasquez - no (dinero)
Alan Shealy - maybe
Jim Risch - Only if Craig opts out (he says, fingers crossed behind his back, secretly wishing for just that).
Mike Simpson - Possibly, if Craig doesn't run.
The rank indecision and jittery deference on the GOP side can only help LaRocco, especially if he can outraise Craig this quarter.
Update May 2, 2007: The Idaho Statesman reported today that Alan Shealy isn't sure whether he'd run as a Democrat or a Republican, if he runs at all.