Good story in today's Idaho State Journal on the U.S. Congressional race between Lin Whitworth and Mike Simpson:
Simpson has defended his seat capably since taking office in 1998. The former Blackfoot dentist, a former Speaker of the Idaho House, snared almost 71 percent of the popular vote in 2000 and more than 68 percent in 2002.
Still, Whitworth radiates optimism.
"Can I beat (Simpson)? Not just yes, but hell yes," he said. "Don't tell me I can't because I can. That's the way I've had to face life."
This is what I want to see in every Democratic candidate throughout the Gem State. I want take-no-prisoners, spit in their eye, never-give-up-never-give-in and damn the torpedoes attitude.
Idaho has some serious problems, be it financial, social, educational, et al, and with the GOP's control of this state for so long, they've got no one to blame for our state's woes but themselves.
Too many of Idaho's Republican legislators make poor decisions, create discord and stifle communication, and can't be trusted with taxpayer money. If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, our Republican legislators are a highway construction crew unto themselves.
Only by getting more Democrats into government statewide, and forcing the state GOoPers to actually think before they act, will we be able to turn things around for the better for Idaho's citizens. And candidates like Lin Whitworth will be in the forefront of that positive change.