Sorry for the long silences lately here at Red State Rebels. Since starting the blog in 2003, I've normally taken a week or two's hiatus each July. I didn't officially declare it this year since we're now officially a group blog, but ... enough excuses! I'm more or less back in the saddle, and here are some topics for us all to chew on:
What do you think? Is Mitt the man? If so, how much would that it hurt Barack Obama's already slim - but possible - chances in Idaho? And when will John McCain and Barack Obama name their VP picks, anyway? The pre-Olympics window is narrowing; my guess is that McCain will try to distract the media from Obama's trip abroad by tipping his hat this week, while Obama will keep his media mojo flowing by making his announcement sometime in the middle of next week.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Monday that it will spend $349,000
million in ad buys to help kick Bill Sali's sorry butt out of Congress. The Fix took notice (as did Bubblehead, in the comments of the previous thread), and DailyKos diarist mkilly has more links here, too, along with the juicy info that Sali can't seem to meet an FEC filing deadline, "and has issued nine amendments to earlier reports since June 1." Democratic challenger Walt Minnick, by contrast, continues to raise plenty of money, along with hopes that Sali will be kept to one term.
New West's Jill Kuraitis is the guest host tomorrow (Wednesday) on the 6 to 10 morning show on KFXD, 630 AM in southwestern Idaho and live online. Sens. Mike Crapo and Larry Craig will be among the guests in her first hour. Could be interesting ...
Other good recent reads you may have missed: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech at The Political Game, Nathaniel Hoffman's Mr Pro Life profile at Boise Weekly, and Kevin Richert's take on how Mike Simpson consistently manages to out-Teflon Ronald Reagan by getting free passes on the same votes for which Bill Sali gets hammered.