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Tilting at Windmills

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October 31, 2008
By: Hilzoy

Bunny Ears Update

When last I wrote about Bill Sali (R-ID 01), he was making bunny ears at his opponent's staff while they were being interviewed. The time before that, he was claiming that "Forty percent of the mass of every tree in the forest is crude oil." In devastating news for humorists everywhere, it looks like he might finally be getting into electoral trouble:

"CQ Politics, which takes past voting behavior and demographics into account in handicapping elections, has held the Idaho 1 race at a very tenuous Leans Republican rating, meaning Sali had an edge but an upset by Minnick was a plausible scenario. But the growing financial disparity between the parties in this contest -- and the fact that Minnick had a 51 percent to 45 percent lead in an Oct. 18-19 poll by SurveyUSA, the only published independent poll to date in the race -- has prompted a rating change to No Clear Favorite."

But just to make up for this news, the article I just cited notes one Sali gem that I wasn't aware of:

"He also introduced a bill proposing to weaken Earth's gravity that was intended to lampoon Democratic-led efforts to raise the minimum wage, calling the two proposals equally absurd."

Much to my chagrin, I find that Sali did not actually introduce the bill, though he did draft it (pdf). Still, it's the thought that counts.

Hilzoy 4:25 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (6)

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Some folks take their absurdity very seriously.

Unfortunately some are in government.

Posted by: jen f on October 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

The don't call it 'The Iron Law of Wages" for nothing.

Posted by: beamish on October 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

well. this is disconcerting. just the other day I suggested to Benen that if Bachmann loses he could back Sali against my man Steve King for the most whack-job congresscritter.

If Sali loses, too, I'm not sure who Steve will have left to run at me. Because King is just getting warmed up. Being in an even smaller, more like-minded minority will let King really get his crazy snark on!

Posted by: zeitgeist on October 31, 2008 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

It might be a good idea to put John McCain dick quotes (thanks Daily Show) around the word thought.

Posted by: Former Dan on October 31, 2008 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Sometimes life does immitate parody. I'm reminded of the Onion positing 'Intelligent Falling' as a competing scientific concept with gravity.

Posted by: JoeW on October 31, 2008 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

In my neck of the woods, a somewhat distant butt rock station (yesterday's broadcast included Alice Cooper singing "I'm Eighteen" among other gems) is non stop Sali adds.

Posted by: etc. on November 1, 2008 at 12:11 AM | PERMALINK



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