"Not just yes, but hell yes"


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.

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Right on!

Democrats have gotten nowhere by capitulating to the GOP. In Idaho and nationwide, we've seen way too much of the Republian right's agenda driven through with hardly a whimper from the Dems.

I salute Lin Whitworth, Naomi Preston, and others for taking on the "safe" GOP incumbents. Be loud and proud, Dems ... the hopes of working-class and everyday Idahoans are riding on your shoulders.

Yeah, I'm real disappointed i

Yeah, I'm real disappointed in Scott Erskine, who filed to run against Bill Sali but if he's doing anything to actually campaign, other than showing up at the Grange candidate night in May, I haven't seen it.

And let's not forget Del Bunce in District 14.