Friday, August 15, 2008

Forty Barrels of Oil in One Tree

Hello everyone!

I just realized that had I stuck around in North Idaho, this guy would've been my representative instead of this guy.

Darn it. I mean, pointing out this guy's buffoonery is still fun, but it would be much more fun if he was from my district. That way I'd be surrounded by a bunch of people who voted for him, and this would make me look very smart in comparison.


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Anonymous Greg said...

I was bummed when I saw you were talking about Sali in your blog. It is so embarassing to be from his state. At least he's from the other district. Trust me, living beside a lot of people dumb enough to actually vote for this tool is not as heartening as it sounds.

8:30 PM, August 15, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Greg!

Yeah, but you know me--I like to try to find the silver lining on every tool. At least you can say you live on the "non-Sali side of the state."


8:35 PM, August 15, 2008  
Anonymous Greg said...

The cutoff is close. Its less than a mile. Right next to the mall. I'm not sure if that's ironic or symbolic, but its still kind of funny

10:54 PM, August 15, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Greg!

I guess you're living on the right, er, I mean correct side of the tracks. But if you ever start to become "presumptuous" like Barack Obama, you can always remind yourself that you still have Larry Craig as your senator for another five months or so.

Of course, we have Gordon Smith. Unfortunately, he was never arrested for soliciting anonymous sex in an airport men's room or caught in an equally embarrassing scandal. And he's going against snorefest Jeff Merkley in the general, not my guy Steve Novick. So Smith will probably win the election, dammit!


11:13 PM, August 15, 2008  
Anonymous gail said...

I have been perusing your blog world. Finally! It is way cool, man. I don't really know too much about Idaho politics except for Larry Craig's wide-stanced denial and all. I am just curious to hear what you, our resident political scientist, think about Barack's pick of Joe Biden for vice president. Because I see no entries since August 15, I am hoping that means you are having too much more fun doing other things than blogging.

10:32 AM, August 23, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Gail!

I'm not sure what I think of Biden. As a Senator, I've seen video of him fighting the good fight on the Senate floor on certain issues but then staying silent on others. So in that sense he's a typical Democratic Senator.

Also, I'm not convinced that a guy who's been in the US Senate longer than I've been alive meshes well with Obama's message of change. On the other hand, I suppose he was a safe pick for Obama for tactical reasons, if not ideological ones. For all the people who are leery of voting for a person of color with a foreign-sounding name, the sight of an old white guy standing beside him might alleviate some of their fears. However, if someone is not going to vote for him because of his race or name, I find it unlikely that that person would ever vote for him, even if he was able to cure cancer, walk on water, and lay giant golden eggs on demand.

On balance, I don't think Biden will make all that much of a difference in the long run. People almost always vote for the main attraction, not the running mate. Likewise, unless McCain chooses the reanimated corpse of Reagan, I doubt his pick will make much of a difference, either.

Interestingly enough, after watching the big announcement speech a few minutes ago, I flipped over to Fox "News" for shits and giggles. Who did they have analyzing the speech and commenting on Biden and the Democratic Party's hopes in November? Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, and some other right-wing tool who I'd never heard of. Fair and Balanced, eh? I'd pay good money to see Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, and Howard Zinn analyzing a John McCain speech or commenting on the Republican convention.

Thanks for reading!


1:16 PM, August 23, 2008  

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