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  • GOP Congressional Candidate Thought It Would Be a Good Idea to Go Ahead and Plagiarize President Obama (Because Nobody Pays Attention to What He Says, Right?)

    Here's some free advice I'm offering at no cost to the congressional candidates that I'm just giving away: Obviously, you're going to plagiarize your important speeches, right? Of course, you are. Every moron knows that writing a bunch of dumb words like some stupid idiot is for suckers.

    That said, it's kind of bad form to steal your stolen words from the guy that your party has spent the past two years demonizing. I mean, yeah, etiquette is totally lame and all, but it's kind of there for a reason…

    Vaughn Ward, a GOP candidate for Idaho's First Congressional district, is facing charges that he swiped key passages from Barack Obama's iconic 2004 Democratic National Convention speech for his own campaign kickoff speech in January.

    The specific passages in question have since been spliced together by a Tea Party activist who asks, "Who Is Vaughn Ward Really?"…

    Republican voters in Idaho will go to the polls Tuesday to choose between Ward and his challenger, State Rep. Raul Labrador. Recent polling shows Ward leading Labrador 31 percent to 28 percent, with undecideds making up 37 percent. A similar poll from earlier in May had Ward leading 34 percent to 16 percent.

    The video mash-up of the two candidates talking seems pretty damaging. That is, until you consider that in the Lost universe, maybe it was Obama who plagiarized the speech from Ward. And now they're both in heaven. Or something. (Ugh, sorry. What a shitty, lazy ending to this post. You can just tell that I didn't put the effort into thinking up a halfway decent way to wrap this story up, can't you? Really a shame, because the first paragraph had such potential.)


    Tags: Barack Obama, House of Representatives, Idaho
  • Rexburg, Idaho Wishes It Could Go Back to Being Famous for Whatever It Used to Be Famous For

    Shawn Larsen, the mayor of Rexburg, Idaho, has released an apology on behalf of his town, where a busload of local schoolchildren were recently witnessed chanting, "assassinate Obama," drawing headlines and overshadowing Rexburg's highest national per-capita Schnauzer population.

    "I am extremely sorry that this incident occurred, and I do not believe that it reflects the values which make our community a great place to live and raise a family," Larsen wrote. "Parents must realize that things said in anger or even in jest can have lasting repercussions not only damaging young hearts and minds, but a city's reputation."

    That's nice and all, but what has apologizing ever accomplished? Rexburg Schools Superintendent Geoffrey Thomas knows what I'm talking about.

    "In our district there was an isolated instance of children making regrettable and unacceptable remarks in regards to harming President-elect Obama," Thomas wrote in a letter to parents Monday. "Word of this behavior leaked out to a hyperactive media and bloggers which in turn distorted way out of proportion the comments that were made, painting the entire community with the same negative brush."

    My thoughts exactly! Leave it to the hyperactive media and bloggers to distort "assassinate Obama" into something bad.


    Tags: Assassinations, Barack Obama, Idaho
  • Wealthy Freshman Congressmen Challenge Capitol Hill's Old Money


    For those of you worried that the ascendant Democrats would usher in a new era of ordinary Americans governing in Washington, you have nothing to fear! There are plenty of new out-of-touch plutocrats set to take office.

    Roll Call reports that many incoming legislators more than easily qualify for Barack Obama's socialist tax hike, including…

    * New Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who founded Nextel and is worth $91 million

    * New Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis, who apparently owns $17 million worth of cattle

    * New Idaho Senator Jim Risch, who is taking Larry Craig's seat and is worth $20 million (most of which will be spent on industrial-strength disinfectant for that seat)

    In case you were wondering, none of these freshman lawmakers will even come close to topping the reigning king of Washington wealth.

    What, you really don't know who that is? John Kerry, of course! He's worth at a minimum $231 million, and that doesn't include anything held solely in Theresa Heinz-Kerry's name.

    It also doesn't include the millions he spent on advertising in the Chicago media market promoting himself as a candidate for Secretary of State.


    Tags: House of Representatives, Idaho, Illinois, John Kerry, Larry Craig, Mark Warner, Massachusetts, Obama Administration, Senate, Virginia, Wyoming
  • New Congressman Has Huge Crush on Other Congressman

    Last week, Idaho shocked the nation by electing its first Democrat to Congress since 1994, Walter Minnick.  Minnick defeated incumbent Bill Sali on a platform of job creation, sensible foreign policy, and environmental stewardship.

    But now Minnick wants to add one more plank to that platform: copying everything that Utah Congressman Jim Matheson does

    Congressman-elect Walt Minnick says western and northern Idaho voters who chose him over one-term incumbent Republican Bill Sali need only look one state southward to see how a Democratic lawmaker can be effective in a largely GOP state.

    U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, has won five times by focusing on constituent services — and by appearing to break ranks with leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on votes including October’s $700 billion bailout.

    Like Matheson, Minnick is a Harvard University graduate. And like Matheson, Minnick has vowed to reach across the aisle to his Republican counterparts.

    He and Matheson ran similar campaigns, each reluctant to emphasize Democratic ties. And Matheson invited Minnick to join the “Blue Dog Coalition,” about 50 fiscally conservative House Democrats, according to the group’s Web site.

    Minnick has promised that his first act once sworn into office will be covering his copy of the Congressional Record with Matheson's name, and occasionally with the name "Walter Matheson."

    Anyway, it's appropriate that these two will be working closely together, since Idaho and Utah are more alike than ever.  For instance, Idaho residents donated $400,000 to the Mormon Church's efforts to outlaw same-sex marriage in California.  And scientists working jointly at the University of Idaho and Utah State University recently cloned a mule.

    Their follow-up project, apparently, was cloning a Congressman.


    Tags: Bill Sali, House of Representatives, Idaho, Jim Matheson, Mormon, Utah
  • Democratic Identity Theft on the Rise

    Democrats have been called a lot of things over the years: pinheads, terrorists, surrender monkeys, Volvo-drivers… but it's time to add a new insult to the list.

    Identity thieves.

    It seems that the Idaho Democratic Party inadvertently put out a campaign flier that displayed the Social Security numbers of Republican Congressman Bill Sali and his wife. The flier was critical of Sali for filing his income taxes late and struggling with personal debt. Somehow, the Democrats got hold of the Congressman's tax return (possibly using a Nigerian phishing scheme) and reprinted it, personal information and all.

    The flap could potentially shake up what has been a very competitive election…

    The Democratic Party of Idaho has been criticized this week for publishing the social security numbers of GOP Rep. Bill Sali and his wife. The numbers were printed in a Democratic campaign mailer highlighting the Sali's difficulty paying off debts in the 1980s.

    Sali is an a surprisingly tough reelection bid, probably due to what Congressional Quarterly calls his "manner" rather than his ideology, which is a decent enough match for his reliably conservative district that includes the western half of the state. Apparently, Idaho's other Republican congressman, Mike Simpson, once got so frustrated by Sali that he threatened to toss him out of a statehouse window when they served as state legislators in Boise. Democratic candidate Walt Minnick, a moderate businessman who ran against Larry Craig six years ago, leads Sali by 6 points according to the latest SurveyUSA poll.

    So it sounds like Sali might lose his identity and his seat in Congress.

    Moral of the story: he should have gone with LifeLock, the number one identity theft prevention service in America. Hi, I'm Todd Davis, CEO of LifeLock, and yes, that's my real social security number!


    Tags: Bill Sali, House of Representatives, Idaho