Minnick Digs In: High Marks on Pork IssueBy Adam at August 13th, 2009.
I know a lot of my fellow conservatives have high hopes of recapturing Idaho’s First District. I have to say that even if there’s a national wave, Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Id.) may not be easily dislodged. With the exception of his votes on SCHIP and the Hate Crimes bill, Minnick is voting like a Republican in a way that maddens Idaho liberal bloggers, but has got to make Minnick’s constituents comfortable.
The latest example, the Club for Growth RePork Card based on 68 anti-Pork Amendments. Minnick scored a perfect 100% on the scorecard. On the pork issue, that’s to the right of Former Congressman Bill Sail (R-ID) who scored a 94% which was one of the highest scores in Congress.
I’ve seen the presumptive frontrunner for the Republican Nomination, Vaughn Ward and I don’t think he can dislodge Minnick. I don’t know if Id. Rep. Ken Roberts can get the job done. The best chance of getting rid of Minnick would be a left-wing third party candidate. However, the fact that Idaho’s Third Parties are the Constitution Party and the Libertarians, I don’t see that happening.
The only comfort I can take is the continual cries of shrill anger at Minnick’s DINOism from the left wing blogosphere. You guys wanted to get rid of Bill Sali? Congrats. But as Mr. Spock once observed, “The desiring is not as pleasant as the having.”