I remember when Walt Minnick got elected to Congress I said to myself, “well, one good thing about Walt is that he’s already a rich man so he’ll come back to Idaho and carry on the fight when he’s through being a Congressman.” So much for my prognostication skills.
Apparently I’m the last one to find out that Walt will stay in D.C. as a “consultant” doing work for the Blue Dogs with his former chief of staff. This is disappointing. It really says something about Idaho that the politicians from here never come home. Frank Church didn’t, neither did Kempthorne, LaRocco, Symms – really just about anyone you can recall back to about 1950. Andrus was the only one, really.
And that is disappointing. It says that there isn’t any opportunity here.
On the other hand it also leaves the state without any kind of opposition party. Right now there isn’t really anyone that can really comment for the Democratic Party. Earlier this week we learned that Butch’s crack staff made a $180 million or so accounting error when they computed the budget for this year (remember Pam Lowe was fired for a $10 million error in stats she presented to the Legislature). And who is the media gonna call for a quote? Jerry Brady? The guy’s run for governor twice, and he’s more absent from the scene than Ferris Bueller. So are all of them: LaRocco, Richardson, Hansen, Allred, Minnick, Mauk. Not a one of them has the justpa to stay in the game.
Today, our Governor told the media that he is Constitutionally obligated to promote temperance.
Minnick? Allred? Brady? LaRocco?
Cricket. Cricket. Cricket.