Meridian, Idaho Senate Primary Generates Absurdity
I wrote a couple years back about how I, a life-long Republican, came to the realization that, when it came to state-wide politics, I was a Democrat here in Idaho. While the Idaho Republican Party seems to have been taken over by people more concerned about controlling the behavior of strangers than in coming up with real-life solutions to problems, there are still a few Republicans (those normally called "RINOs" by the louder and more self-righteous Republicans) trying to carry on the legacy of Eisenhower. Here in the 20th District, we have a race for the State Senate between a traditional Republican, Rep. Mark Snodgrass, and a John Birchian black helicopter enthusiast, incumbent Sen. Shirley McKague.
Sen. McKague has been filling our mailboxes with postcards containing endorsements she never really got, and just today I got an E-mail from a supporter accusing her opponent of not being "pro-life" because he appeared on the "Judge Judy" show about 10 years ago, suing his neighbor for the cost of ensuring his dog had not been impregnated by the neighbor's dog. The funniest thing about the E-mail is that the McKague supporter apparently doesn't understand the concept of "YouTube" and included the entire 4.2MB video file (in .wmv format) of the opening of the "Judge Judy" show in question. I thought this was ridiculous enough that I called Rep. Snodgrass to find out if he'd really been on the show, and he confirmed that he had. Still, if Sen. McKague (who's way behind in fund-raising) is reduced to spamming people with huge videos in outdated formats, it looks like she's on her way to a big loss anyway when we vote next Tuesday.