Yeah, Bush is turning the corner all right. He's turning the corner straight into head-on traffic on a one-way street!
Well, given some of the criticism that has wandered around the Idaho liberal blog-o-sphere for the last couple years, I'm sort of surprised at this sudden attempt at a "smackdown" by Larry Grant on newwest.net
On November 13, NewWest.Net/Boise ran an article repeating the criticisms of some anonymous Boise Democrats who say I did not do enough in the last election to beat Bill Sali. They say I ran a lackluster campaign and didn’t listen to my advisers. They’re wrong, of course.
Oh! Of course they are, Larry! They are all wrong, Larry! The voters that decided not to vote for you, that decided not to encourage others to vote for you? The voters that had no clue who the hell you were? They were all WRONG! Just because you say so, right?
Let’s look at the facts. I got more votes and raised more money than any Democratic candidate for Congress in the last decade. I put 40,000 miles on my car, not counting the number of times I flew north, traveling up and down the district going to events, picnics, potlucks, parades, fairs, coffees, debates and forums. I knocked on doors with local candidates and organizers.
You know what I have for you, Larry?
(d2 note to self: must teach binky not to hotlink offsite!)
I have a cliche for you, dumbass! Lets see what you have in return.
In the last election, of course, the Republicans were trying to save their majority in Congress. They told people that they needed to vote for Bill Sali, even if they didn’t like him, because they had to save the seat for the Republican Party. That was a powerful message to some moderate Republicans and independents who might have crossed over to give me the votes a Democrat needs to win. The Republicans, of course, lost control of Congress, so it’s not an issue this time.
As for the statement of Governor Andrus, reported in the Lewiston Tribune, that I don’t deserve a second chance because “Two years ago, Larry Grant had his opportunity and didn’t make it,” I have to admit, it made me smile. After all, Frank Church lost his first race for the state legislature in 1952. Richard Stallings lost his first race for Congress against George Hansen in 1982. That same year, Larry LaRocco lost his first bid for Congress to Larry Craig. And, of course, Governor Andrus lost his first bid for governor in 1966 to Don Samuelson.
Suddenly, anonymous critics aside, I feel like I’m in very good company.
Wow, Larry, lots of blame to go around, lots of finger pointing and an amazing ability to cheerlead for your own losing campaign in 2006, but I see no ability to be self aware, nor humble. So screw you, Larry Grant. You can make all the wonderful speeches but you won't convince me you deserve to be elected. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Bill Sali may have been a better choice in 2006, that way I don't have to back a primary challenger to an incumbent in 2008.
Hey Walt Minnick, it is time for you to step up to the plate and be a real primary challenger to this stuck up fake Democrat. Do you have what it takes to challenge bad flash animation and sycophantic advisors making up the majority of a lame campaign?