Indeed, there was barely even time to worry about Florida’s 22nd as other recruitment problems popped up all over the country. In eastern Arizona, Republicans had to settle for their tenth choice; in Staten Island, the GOP’s bottom-tier selection garnered an electoral challenge from his own disgruntled son–and then died. In Indiana’s competitive 2nd district, the under-funded Republican challenger frittered away his precious money flying to Alaska to film pro-ANWR-drilling YouTube videos, one of which had to be aborted because he was overwhelmed by swarms of mosquitoes. In North Carolina’s Bush-loving 11th, which failed Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler claimed for the Democrats with a 2006 upset win, the party finally settled on Asheville councilman Carl Mumpower–but, almost immediately after being nominated, Mumpower, like an immune defender cell gone wrong, began attacking the host body, calling for President Bush’s impeachment and then, last week, briefly refusing to do any more campaigning. It turns out this is what you get for nominating a lawmaker who was, up to that point, primarily known for conducting his own extra- judicial crack busts.
To be honest, this is an annual game - find the weirdest and weakest of your opponent’s candidates, point, laugh. Does look like a bumper crop this year, though.
Even mother nature seems to be against the GOP this year: In Indiana’s competitive 2nd district, Puckett–the under-funded Republican challenger–frittered away his precious money flying to Alaska to film pro-ANWR-drilling YouTube videos, one of which had to be aborted because he was overwhelmed by swarms of mosquitoes. (Photo Credit: WSBT)
Also, a black guy who admires Confederate generals and actually abused an Iraqi detainee.
Best election ever!
Edit: Where on earth does TNR get these commentators from?
Eve “Darling” you seem to be an ideological bigot. General Patton would have been proud of Col. West’s actions. Any parent of a Soldier would/should demand that Officers protect Soldiers under their command from the ENEMY as thoroughly as Gol. West did. Eve Darling, I’m sure you remember General Patton’s famous quote: “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” As far as I am concerned, the Uniform Code of Justice be damned. What Col. West did was 100% correct. It is idiots like Eve “Darling” Fairbanks and the rest of main stream media that makes winning a war nearly impossible. Despite TNR’s, NYT, WaPO, et. al. attempts to misinform and lie about Iraqi progress the U.S. Military/Middle America is winning. So, Eve Darling, go write nasty stuff about your Ill prepared, inexperienced, foreign language deficient, middle-America hating, arrogant, presumptuous, anti-growth nominee, Mr. Obama. You see Mr. Obama is much more deserving of your critical analysis than Col. West is.
Here’s a bit from Idaho state rep. Byron Yankey’s “blog,” reporting on a conversation he had with Sali:[INDENT]Congressman Sali informed us that a solution to the high price of gasoline was to make petroleum from “all those trees in our forests.” Stunned by the comment, I suffered a momentary regret for not taking that high school chemistry class those many years ago. He continued by saying there ‘”could be up to 40 barrels of oil ” in a single tree.
[/INDENT]Think Progress notes that Sali was probably referring to cellulosic ethanol, which is “derived from the stalks and stems of plants.” Maybe he was using crude oil as a metaphor for the vials or crack or whatever that cellulosic ethanol would come in. But maybe he’s an idiot, too? In 2006: [INDENT]“Forty percent of the mass of every tree in the forest is crude oil,” he said. Going after that, he said, “could put Idaho in the oil business for the first time.”