I've heard this sort of argument before -- the old "Bush-bashing" canard -- and it strikes me as fundamentally nonsensical. Why would I be against Bush if he wasn't, to overgeneralize, doing a lot of harm to the country I love and betraying certain ideals we hold, such as democracy and the rule of law? Why else would I be against Bush? If it weren't for that, he's just a guy like any other.
One day to go
There's some interesting filings coming out:
Rand Lewis, who recently bowed out of the 1st CD race and endorsed Larry Grant, has filed to run for state senate in north Idaho's District 2 against Joyce Broadsword. Lewis' entry is a nice surprise, as is the state senate candidacy of Dan Romero in Canyon County's District 13. I personally encouraged both to run.
District 23, which encompasses western Twin Falls County and all of Owyhee County, will be contested in all three races. Bill Chisholm will run for the senate seat, while Peter Rickards will run for house seat A. Both Chisholm and Rickards are known locally as environmental activists. Another veteran candidate, Mike Ihler, rounds out the District 23 slate.
Bannock County's Democratic chair, Allen Andersen has decided to take matters in his own hands and run against Bannock's lone Republican legislator, Ken Andrus, in a rematch of the 2006 contest in District 29. Andersen came within 500 votes last time.