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Amazing. As Markos would say, "This is freakin' Idaho!

BOISE - The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent more than $100,000 to boost Idaho Republican Bill Sali's bid for Congress and attack Democrat Larry Grant, and it's poised to spend much more.

Already, the national group has targeted Idahoans with automated anti-Grant "robocalls" that even Sali has denounced as inappropriate, but the NRCC isn't backing off. "Any phone banks hired by the NRCC to conduct operations in Idaho's 1st Congressional District are done completely independent of the Bill Sali for Congress campaign," NRCC spokesman Jonathan Collegio said....

The calls likely are just the beginning. The NRCC conducted a poll in Idaho's 1st District earlier this month, then launched the calls and also spent $7,585 on production of an issue ad....

Don Rosebrock, campaign spokesman for Grant, said his campaign heard that the NRCC is spending more than $375,000 to run a TV ad against Grant throughout the district that could debut any day. "We got the word from our media buyer that it's $377,000, and there's one station in Spokane that they hadn't (yet) done the buy for," he said. "I don't think the TV ad is probably going to be warm and fuzzy.... I think it's going to be a smear campaign, because that's what they do."

The GOP is going to end up spending upwards of $500K--half a million--to defend a seat in Idaho. And where is a lot of this GOP money coming from? Sali is raising almost all of his money from big donors, PACs and the Club for Growth. Grant has raised about $150K from individuals to Sali's $91K (more than half of which was bundled by the anti-government Club for Growth). Sali meanwhile took in $207,750 from political action committees, while Grant's PAC total was under $30,000.

And where is Sali's money going, other than attack ads? A far-right, fundamentalist Christian attorney for the Keep the Commandments Coalition, and organization which has wasted untold taxpayer time and money in its efforts to force the City of Boise to return a ten commandments monument to a city park.

One of the Sali campaign's biggest expenditures has been to Spartac LLC of Meridian, which received a total of $119,392 for what Sali's FEC reports said were media and polling consulting services from Nov. 1, 2005, through Sept. 30, 2006.

According to state business registration records, Spartac LLC was created Nov. 7, 2005, by Eagle attorney Christ Troupis, the attorney for the Boise-based Keep the Commandments Coalition. Sali's campaign made its first payment of $7,000 to Spartac three days later, on Nov. 10, 2005....

As a state lawmaker, Sali was the House floor sponsor of a resolution drafted by the Keep the Commandments Coalition and passed by the Idaho Legislature in March. It asked Congress to let elected officials and government bodies publicly display their religious beliefs and to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting Ten Commandments displays on public property.

On their little effort to Christianize Boise City government, Bill Sali has dreamed up with is buddy Troupis this "consulting" firm, Spartac LLC, created and bankrolled seemingly entirely by the Sali campaign. One can only imagine what they'll do with their little project if Sali actually manages to get to Congress. And on top of this, he's deeply in the pocket of the Club for Growth, that organization that want to completely eliminate the USDA.

It can't be stressed enough--Bill Sali is a dangerously out-of-the-mainstream Republican. But the enmity he's developed over his years in the state legislature has diminished as Idaho GOP lawmakers think about the ramifications of losing that seat. As much as they may hate him, they've ponied up (at a fundraiser featuring Dennis Hastert, no less). The GOP is circling the wagons to keep the seat, even if it means supporting the worst possible candidate they could come up with.

The GOP is running scared on this one. The DCCC has dubbed it an emerging race and CQ has uprated it. As Markos posted earlier, this race has become something other than forcing the GOP to defend this seat they would otherwise take for granted. "While we were focused long-term, building for the future, these guys decided to be competitive in the short-term. We'll take it."

Let's keep it competitive. Join Governor Schweitzer and Jag, or use the buttons below. Maybe next year we'll see a nice big swath of purple in the west.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:21 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The Repubs (9+ / 0-)

    took this seat for granted.  Now lets take it for Grant.

    •  This is one of the (3+ / 0-)
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      SallyCat, cherryXXX69, lemming22

      payoffs of the 50 State strategy. Republicant's are now forced to spend in a district they ordinarilly wouldn't have to. It would be nice to think that that money could have made a differance in a couple of other districts or races that will now go blue. Dispersion of rescources will make them less effective overall.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:13:54 PM PDT

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  •  Max Cleland drew 600 Dems to Nampa last night (10+ / 0-)

    It was a thing of beauty! And that was more than THREE times the number of people who ponied up to see Veep Cheney when he was here two months ago. More on our campaign blog ...

    http://larrygrant.typepad.com/...

    Bethine Church and Cece Andrus said this is the best slate of Dem candidates and most energy they've seen behind Democrats in Idaho in 40 years.

    Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

    by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:27:30 PM PDT

  •  How the hell does a governmental body (3+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, SallyCat, bherner

    express it beliefs?

    It asked Congress to let elected officials and government bodies publicly display their religious beliefs and to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting Ten Commandments displays on public property.

    Is this just poor paraphrasing?

    Humanity's niche is its own culture. We change our world as it changes us. Evolution or devolution? -7.63,-3.28

    by ormondotvos on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:28:27 PM PDT

    •  No, just proof these folks want a theocracy n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      Rolfyboy6, SallyCat, Marcus Graly

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:32:36 PM PDT

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      •  ID is going to be much closer if an announcement (0+ / 0-)

        on Ed Shultz's show is correct.  And it will affect the Fundies because it involves a Congressperson that votes with them 100% of the time.

        •  I wish I could say you're right (1+ / 0-)
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          iwadasn

          but this rumor has been around for a long time in Idaho, and the MSM probably won't touch it unless a warm body comes forward to talk about it. Idaho fundamentalists are all about cognitive dissonance.

          Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

          by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:53:49 PM PDT

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          •  I guess the hypocrisy will continue in the den (0+ / 0-)

            of garbage within the Fundies and the Culture of Corruption party...not that I thought it would end anytime soon, just that a few brakes would be put on at least with on side or the other.

          •  Agreed, this is almost certain to have no effect (0+ / 0-)

            There have been longstanding suppositions about many of the Idaho congressmen. Here's a good example, chenoweth (spelling may be incorrect).

            1. It is well known that she was more or less appointed to congress because she was having an affair with the previous resident of that seat. This did not hurt her among the fundies.
            1. She blasted Clinton for his affair, and demanded that he resign, but then a few days later it came out that she had an affair of her own, with a married man. She said that the difference between her and Clinton is that god forgave her (sheesh....), and did not suffer for it at the polls.
            1. Despite her sordid past, she regularly played the "personal responsiblity" card. In a somewhat ironic twist, she was killed recently in a car crash because she was not wearing her seatbelt.

            She was the rule, not the exception. The mayor of Boise (once again, fairly hazy memory here...) was also busted for stalking his secretary, for example. He had also gone to gay stripclubs in Florida, and expensed it on the city.  When asked about this, he responded that they had good food, he didn't know it was a gay bar. Apparently the food was good enough to distract from the atmosphere, he went back twice, and expensed it on the city both times.

            The list goes on and on. Anyone who is currently a republican has ignored torture, treason, lies, theft, etc... what is one more pedophile or other assorted scumbag.

    •  If you take out 'and government bodies' (0+ / 0-)

      it makes sense gramatically (if not constitutionally).  Good question.

      I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky. For I know that the hypnotized never lie. - The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

      by bherner on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:35:08 PM PDT

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  •  Have there been any recent polls in ID-1? (2+ / 0-)
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    I couldn't find any numbers.

  •  I want to win this one SO bad. (5+ / 0-)

    You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan designed and directed by his red right hand

    by RandyMI on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:34:01 PM PDT

    •  This one victory would make Idaho (4+ / 0-)

      a genuine two party state again.  The Repubs are getting defensive and now trying to hold onto their base in places like ID-01.  They are freaked about this race.  Idahoans would really regard Grant as a whole new conduit of politics.  The Repubs really, really don't want that.  They really don't want to lose their western base.

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

      by Rolfyboy6 on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:37:28 PM PDT

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  •  I don't care too much for money (1+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat

    cause money can't buy you love.

    And it can only go so far in hiding the piss poor job the GOP has done in governing.

    "now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass: so that by my foes, sir I profit in the knowledge of myself"

    by looty on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:35:10 PM PDT

    •  That's what we're hoping, too, (2+ / 0-)
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      SallyCat, looty

      considering that the NRCC is dumping in a week what we've raised in a year.

      We really could some more love from the DCCC. "Emerging race" is nice and all, but it doesn't carry any money.

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:38:13 PM PDT

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      •  It will not be the DCCC (4+ / 0-)
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        jamfan, looty, trinite, Allogenes

        At a fund raiser a week or so ago - a local "progressive" congress critter I was chatting with indicated that DCCC was only were going with 'numerically and statistically' probable win seats. He felt that the 50 state strategy was a waste of time and effort. "They" didn't want to spend money in long shot areas.

        Fortunately, I didn't hurl my bagel and coffee on him but it was near thing. You guys got more money - and will again this week from our house. I call it 'vacation protection' money - keeping Idaho a beautiful and purple place to visit.

        All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. Pat Paulsen

        by SallyCat on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:44:23 PM PDT

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        •  Bless you! (1+ / 0-)
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          SallyCat

          Yes, I remember you posting that anecdote before.

          So maybe Howard Dean will help? I dunno ...

          There's no way we will match the Rs in money and airtime here. We do have ads ready to roll again later this week, but we also need to do a lot of guerilla campaigning and hope the media does its job, too. So far, pretty good ... the NRCC buy was above the fold on page 1 of the Boise paper today, and the robocalls were the top story Sunday on the local CBS affiliate.

          Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

          by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:05:35 PM PDT

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          •  Dean and the DNC are helping (2+ / 0-)
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            N in Seattle, SallyCat

            I mean, at least I assume so.

            As Dean's 50 Seat strategy, the DNC has hired paid field hands in every state, and I'm pretty sure that includes Idaho.

            "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

            by bawbie on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:09:02 PM PDT

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        •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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          Geotpf

          to a certain extent, that's how it should work.

          The DNC builds the party in every corner of the country, and the DCCC and DSCC provides resources to the competitive races each cycle (they are the Campaign Committees, after all).

          Not that it excuses anyone from feeling the 50 state strategy is a "waste of time and effort"...

          "Why don't newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eye" - Jack Johnson

          by bawbie on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:07:42 PM PDT

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          •  No, this is absolutely true ... (3+ / 0-)
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            bawbie, SallyCat, cherryXXX69

            The Idaho Democratic Party has added lots of full-time staff over the past two years thanks to Dean. There also are coordinated campaign field staff on the ground in 11 counties. That's unprecedented. We're actually seeing signs of a Dem machine here.

            So I definitely don't mean to minimize the DNC's help!

            Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

            by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:13:53 PM PDT

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        •  I love your attitude, and I'm a New Englander. (1+ / 0-)
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          N in Seattle

          You can't ignore people and at the same time expect to be taken seriously as national leaders who can be trusted.

        •  A waste of time? (0+ / 0-)

          Where the hell has he been for the past three months?  Hell, where has he been for the past three weeks?

          First thing we do, we toss the DCCC out on its ass.

  •  Maybe I'm saying this because I'm tired (0+ / 0-)

    but every fucking time I turn around the Republicans are pouring money from their seemingly bottomless pit of funds into the races of their various horrible candidates. As long as Democrats lack enough money to compete ONE TO ONE with these Republican bastards we cannot overcome the GOP's gerrymandered structural advantages, GOTV, and merciless propaganda. And don't give me this bullshit about how we don't need to have equal funds because we have better candidates. That's a fucking crock. Tammy Duckworth and John Pavich are superior candidates in my state, but the vile right wing scum they're running against are BURYING them under a torrent of expensive lies. Everywhere I turn it's the same G-d damned thing. We're being buried by right wing money in race after race after race. Until we have the SAME money or more as the Republicans, we're going to get our asses handed to us. It's that simple, and it's breaking my fucking heart. We will gain, I predict, 3 Senate seats, about 10 house seats, and Governorships in MA, NY, and OH. Not bad, I guess, but it coluld have been so much more. I guess millions of Democrats who give nothing just don't care enough to win.

  •  via TPM Cafe Election Central (3+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52, StephNW4Clark, Caldonia

    Re the top 60 races:

    The GOP candidate has the cash advantage in 41 out of the 60 races -- more than two-thirds of the contests.

    Keep the contributions coming....

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:39:07 PM PDT

  •  Why do they bother? (2+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat, skidrow

    Sali is disgusting, even by conservative Idaho Republican standards.  If he gets in, he'll be an embarrassment to the nation and to the Republican party, doing to them what nutty Democrats like James Trafficant and Cynthia McKinney did to us.

    If I were a Republican, I'd be like, let him go--the seat is so red, we'll have a good shot at taking it back with someone more reasonable next time.

    But heck, let them hug Sali and tell the world that his weird club-for-growth Manson Family Values represent those of the Republican Party.

    I'm sick of these motherf%&*ing Republicans in our motherf%&*ing Government!!!

    by AdmiralNaismith on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:40:00 PM PDT

  •  Way to go Idaho! (1+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan

    I say we should contribute just on how absolutely gorgeous most of ID-01 is...wilderness country abounds! It is great to see the rethugs on the run and the locals not buying the crap anymore from them.

    If Markos says "This is freakin' Idaho!" he didn't spend enough time in the panhandle on his way to Montana this year! Heaven on earth among those trees and mountains and wild rivers!

    Way to go Gem State voters...and all of the Grant team!

    All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. Pat Paulsen

    by SallyCat on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:40:02 PM PDT

    •  Agree, but (1+ / 0-)
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      SallyCat

      the lower half of the state is ugly high plains desert.  They call Boise the city of trees just because everything around it is so bleak.

      if (Kos) doesn't like what goes on here, he can start his own damn website! - Major Danby

      by Green Zombie on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:44:56 PM PDT

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      •  Hey, GZ (1+ / 0-)
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        ivorybill

        whaddya mean ugly desert? How about those canyonlands and rivers?!

        Did you have fun at the Max Cleland thing last night?! I posted my writeup at the Grant blog.

        Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

        by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:02:36 PM PDT

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      •  absolutely.... (0+ / 0-)

        Northern part is beautiful. Living long in the south starts to play tricks with your mind. Just think of the planet that Skywalker is from, and you'll have some idea.

        Boise itself is an oasis (about half mirage really) in all of that.

      •  it takes a true connoisseur (0+ / 0-)

        to appreciate the austere natural beauty of southern ID! (It took me took me 10 yrs of living there to learn to love the high desert, heh.)

        Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. - Terry Pratchett

        by cherryXXX69 on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 08:00:00 PM PDT

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    •  I think Kos means "freakin' Idaho" as in (3+ / 0-)
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      SallyCat, Geotpf, granal

      this is such a red state and who would ever DREAM the Repubs would have to defend a seat here?

      But yeah, we'd love to see Kos at a book tour here someday!

      And I know McJoan always sets him straight about what a great state this is.

      SallyCat, thanks for your continued support!!

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:47:22 PM PDT

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    •  That's the reason it's red (0+ / 0-)

      The more rural an area is, the more red it is.  It's about guns and taxes and "big government".

      •  It's really not that rural, though (2+ / 0-)
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        SME in Seattle, SallyCat

        which is a point Jerry Brady is making in his run for governor: Idaho is in fact now more urban than rural.

        Yes, we have great wide open spaces and gorgeous natural beauty. But the Boise metro area is one of the fastest growing in the US with a half million people, and Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls are basically suburbs of Spokane, WA. Our overall population is more than twice that of Montana or Wyoming. We're becoming more Pacific Northwest every day ...

        Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

        by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:19:57 PM PDT

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        •  Boise, IF, Poky are stepping into the 21st C (0+ / 0-)

          perhaps but the rest of southern ID - not so much, it's definitely rural.

          Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. - Terry Pratchett

          by cherryXXX69 on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 08:05:54 PM PDT

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          •  Twin Falls may be a surprise this year (0+ / 0-)

            Very few Dems running there, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Jerry Brady take Twin Falls and maybe even Jerome counties after his work beating back the proposed Sempra coal-fired power plant.

            I live in Boise now, but I lived in TF for 15 years. The Snake River Canyon is just gorgeous. I miss it every day (though I love Boise).

            Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

            by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 09:28:33 PM PDT

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    •  I wasn't dissing Idaho (3+ / 0-)
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      mcjoan, SallyCat, Red State Rebel

      I was dissing Idaho Republicans.

      I'm allowed to do that, right?

      :)

  •  Is his name really "Christ" (0+ / 0-)

    Sheesh. Lord's name in vain, anyone? ANYONE?

  •  Mainstream (2+ / 0-)
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    Geotpf, lemming22

    It can't be stressed enough--Bill Sali is a dangerously out-of-the-mainstream Republican.

    In my opinion Bill Sali is in the republican mainstream. And it is the majority of the republican party that is dangerously out of touch with mainstream America. Dangerous for our country's future and our democracy.

  •  Sent my $30. Damn... (3+ / 0-)

    ... how much have I given this year?  I have always been really active, but this year, I am acting like I am made of money.  Maybe its guilt, because I am working so ,much and have not given much in the way of time...

    Who is next???

  •  My brother-in-law, who, with ... (4+ / 0-)

    ...his wife, worked in the District 1 office when Democrat Larry LaRocco held that post (1991-1995), would be ecstatic to see that seat back in Democratic hands. Especially so since LaRocco, who is now seeking the lieutenant governor's spot, lost to the execrable Helen Chenoweth, backer of Slobodan Milosevich, and one of the all-time worst "Congressmen" of the second half of the 20th Century.

    Oh for a return to the days of Frank Church's Idaho.

  •  Good Cop Bad Cop (2+ / 0-)
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    Geotpf, Christopher Walker

    Don't buy into the "Even [Republican Candidate] finds these attacks despicable" framing.

    The Republicans have been playing a routine where they run some over-the-top attack and then the local candidate they're doing it for denounces it and gets to distance themselves from that evil digusting national GOP that they have absolutely nothing to do with because they're good upstanding citizens. They've done this at least half a dozen times in the past week.

    Don't buy into the narrative; just keep tying Republicans to the national party.

    --- My opinions are my own and not my employer's.

    by Aexia on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:50:09 PM PDT

    •  This is (still) Bush country (2+ / 0-)
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      SallyCat, Christopher Walker

      Bush still has net approval here, and Sali really isn't trying to distance himself from Bush at all, nor even from the national GOP. He's welcomed Dick Cheney, Dennis Hastert, and Ken Mehlman here with open arms.

      So Larry really isn't running against the GOP either. Rather, he is running against the fact this is the worst do-nothing Congress in decades and that we need to elect people with the ability to start cleaning it up.

      That message seems to be playing well, especially since Grant is best known as the former VP of Micron, the state's largest private employer, where he helped create and protect (via anti-dumping lawsuits) some of the best-paying jobs in Idaho.

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:57:23 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe so... (1+ / 0-)
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        cherryXXX69

        but we have long time ties to Idaho and I just spoke with some of our oldest friends and acquaintances a few weeks ago, especially about Sali. Even the die hard ranchers are disgusted with the GOP.  They are stalwart land stewards and have voted consistently Republican.  Not anymore, the ranchers are backing Larry Grant or not voting at all.  The ex-military friend of my husband's father is not voting at all.  These folks don't believe the Republicans have their interests at heart and they are ashamed of what the Republican party has become.

        Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it only changes form.

        by SME in Seattle on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 03:52:27 PM PDT

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  •  Once again - are they losing their minds? (1+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker

    Even if they lose this they can win the district back in 2008. If they win, they'll probably face another killer challenge a la Mean Jean. Same with OH-18 - why this obsession with "safe" districts facing freaky but temporary difficulties?  Plus, if they lose districts like this the PR will be catastrophic. And then there's the whole business about standing  behind Hastert. I don't know  what's happened to their political machine but their previously deft touch is turning into a reverse Midas touch.

  •  Two weeks from today folks! (0+ / 0-)

    Time to make things happen!

    Never give up! Never surrender!

    by oscarsmom on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 01:50:44 PM PDT

  •  Better that money in ID-01 than WA-05 (2+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, SallyCat

    I'm glad the NRCC is dumping that money across the border. We'll still get some of it because Spokane is the major media market for Coeur d'Alene.

    The ads have already been fast and furious for WA-05 and with McMorris Coh $600,000 to Goldmark CoH $400,000 things are only going to get more crazy.

  •  What do the robocalls say? N/T (0+ / 0-)
  •  Thanks for the report. Wow... (0+ / 0-)

    ...let's hope Idaho leans NorthWest towards the big blue sea!

  •  More big news from Idaho imminently (0+ / 0-)

    Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

    by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:08:22 PM PDT

  •  Kudos to Howard Dean (2+ / 0-)
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    Red State Rebel, trinite

    Fight them in every state - for every seat

    Yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh Howie -- you rock !!

    Proud to be a Bleeding Heart Liberal

    by sara seattle on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:12:12 PM PDT

  •  Speaking of Idaho (0+ / 0-)

    Michael Rogers just outed Sen Craig on the Ed Schultz Show for having sex with a man in a Union Station bathroom.

    ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

    by Tirge Caps on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 02:46:33 PM PDT

  •  California is exporting Dems? (0+ / 0-)

    With the housing market the way it is in California (or is that was?) many people have migrated to nearby states in the West.  I know Boise is mong the faster growing cities as well. I'd say the demographics may be changing.

    I would love to hear a locals perspective.

    •  The Idaho political landscape (1+ / 0-)
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      Tiparillo

      Yes, Idaho has picked up many Californians in the past decade. For a while, many of us figured them to be mainly Orange County Republicans, but now ... no one is sure. What is sure, though, is that SW Idaho and the Boise metro area is the battleground. Last week's poll showed Sali with only a 2% lead in North idaho but an 11% margin near Boise.

      Here are three factors that may play in the race:

      Boise is split down the middle, with its more liberal neighborhoods (the central core and east side) in the 2nd CD and West Boise and the suburbs in the 1st. Over the past two or three years, the (now moribund) housing boom definitely nudged many young Boise families out of the 2nd District and into the 1st in search of cheaper housing. West Boise and Ada County remain GOP strongholds, but that may be changing - especially this year.

      Boiseans kicked the crap out of Sali compatriot Brandi Swindell in her bid for a city council seat last year. If people are reminded that Sali is in league with Swindell and the Keep the Commandments folks, it will definitely hurt him in Boise. And the fact that Sali's paid $120K to the KCC attorney over the past year definitely shows they are in cahoots.

      Parts of Canyon County (Nampa and Caldwell) also show signs of trending Dem this year. There have been massive Dem canvassing efforts in that area, including among the many Latino voters who've never before been courted in Idaho.

      It's definitely a fascinating year here in Idaho.

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 05:06:57 PM PDT

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  •  At the very least... (0+ / 0-)

    This race is forcing the RNCC to spend money in yet another race they never, ever expected.

  •  Bizarre (0+ / 0-)

    Given all the news about the GOP engines pulling funding out of races with candidates that seemed far more mainstream than Sali -- including the most recent jettison of Dewine in Ohio -- they pick this hill to die on? They're going to funnel that ever-more precious cash into this raging wignut even his own state's GOP can't stand?
    Is this some anomaly bred by local power brokers, some kind of embarrassing backwater politics, or is this some bizarre strategy of the national apparatus, to get Sali into the House no matter what else they have to ignore? If it was just about one seat, I'd think there were more likely districts with, well, less crazy candidates that could do something good with all the money this frothing turnip of a man is getting.

    One day, I hope, I will cast a vote for Keith Olbermann.

    by Jaxpagan on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 03:08:49 PM PDT

    •  It's hard to explain (0+ / 0-)

      I think the NRCC is just hoping that this is SUCH a Republican district that Sali's many deficiencies won't matter.

      To make matters worse, Sali's extreme positions are only known to those who pay attention to the news. In person on the stump and even in debates, he comes across as an affable good old boy.

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 04:54:28 PM PDT

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      •  man. (0+ / 0-)

        It's quite fulfilling to see all this here. I mean, all credit to Grant and to yourself, but I wrote the first two diaries on Grant (besides a poll), which I will quote from now:

        from the first ID-01 mention, a poll: Idaho 01 - Butch Otter (R) running for Governor
        STATUS: Totally solid for the GOP; Bush got nearly 70% both times
        GEOGRAPHY: Western Idaho

        This is a total snooze-fest outside of the Republican primary.

        The latest post from the guy that posted that, Nathaniel Ament Stone, shows the race 49-43 Sali. Totally solid indeed!

        Quoting myself, from January:

        If this race is made competitive then whoever results as the GOP nom from its field of six primary candidates will have to spend GOP money. Idaho money that might've gone to the national GOP will go to the Idaho GOP.

        [...]

        If every state and every race is important, now is the time to prove it. If not now, when? If not Grant, who?

        I'm glad this race is getting support, and attention, and money, and Grant. So, so glad.

        When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide, where I stop and turn and I go for a ride.

        by mkilly on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 05:22:50 PM PDT

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  •  I wonder (0+ / 0-)

    If the new revelation about Larry Craig will depress Republican voter turnout.

    Rep. Peter King (NY-03) is an ASSHOLE!

    by pontificator on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 04:59:01 PM PDT

  •  All together now: (0+ / 0-)

    FIF - TY - STATES!

    "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat." -- Will Rogers

    by Allogenes on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 06:48:42 PM PDT

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