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Idaho primary day: Vaughn Ward makes the finish line (barely)

A week removed from a primary night that saw one incumbent Senator lose and another forced into a runoff, it's a little quieter at Fix HQ tonight.

But, that doesn't mean we aren't keeping an eye on Idaho -- the lone state that holds its primary tonight.

Polls close in the Gem State -- the best state nickname? -- at 11 pm eastern so, in the meantime, here's a look at what to watch for when the ballots start to be counted. (Results can be tracked here.)

The only contest with any significant national import is in Idaho's 1st district Republican primary where Iraq war veteran Vaughn Ward faces off with state Rep. Raul Labrador for the chance to challenge freshman Rep. Walt Minnick (D) in the fall.

Ward, who worked on Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and has won the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his congressional bid, began the race as a solid favorite and was touted by national Republicans as an up and comer.

To say Ward has underwhelmed on the campaign trail would be a disservice to underwhelming performances everywhere.

Among Ward's greatest hits: caught allegedly plagiarizing a speech by President Barack Obama, failing to vote in the 2008 election and seemingly not knowing that Puerto Rico isn't a country. (Talking Points Memo's Christina Bellantoni Ben Frumin wondered if Ward is the worst candidate ever.)

A recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon showed Ward with a 31 percent to 28 percent edge over state Rep. Raul Labrador who has worked to coalesce tea party support behind him.

Given Ward's struggles, even if he winds up as the nominee there's no guarantee he can put together a serious race against Minnick who faces no primary opposition today. Still, the district gave Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) 62 percent in 2008 so it's going to be tough for Republicans nationally to totally write it off.

In the other House race in the state, Rep. Mike Simpson faces nominal opposition although it's worth keeping an eye on his win percentage given his vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- a vote that has been used against GOP incumbents in other primaries earlier this year.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R) will be easily re-nominated today and, barring some sort of unforeseen political shock, re-elected in the fall. Ditto for Gov. Butch Otter (R) who is likely to face former Harvard professor Keith Allred (D) in the fall.

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Obama goes to Capitol Hill today and asks the Republicans to be bipartisan.


IS OBAMA COMPLETELY OUT OF HIS MIND???

After Obama refusing to be bipartisan on health care -

and after being rude to the Republican on the wall street bill-


and AFTER ALLOWING HIS ATTACK MACHINE TO FALSELY CALL PEOPLE RACIST,

NOW Obama wants to be bipartisan ???

The cocaine must have done something to Obama's brain.

Obama should get a brain scan or something.

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Actually the republikkkans should get brain scans or something...they are the ones fighting to keep the status quo on the cleanup of the gulf...75million liability--that's one day's profit for BP. They should have unlimited liability--i.e., you spill it-you own it-you clean it up. We taxpayers should have be beholden to any oil company for their messes. Americans are watching the repugs fight against everything that makes sense (financial reform, immigration reform, DADT reform, BP disaster cleanup, etc. etc.) Who you think we'll vote for--the party of NO, or the ones that will get something done? After destroying our country for 8 years, repugs are worrying about anyone being "rude"??? Poor babies...they should have been tried and hung for treason for what they've done to our nation.

Posted by: Sharon_6441 | May 26, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama goes to Capitol Hill today and asks the Republicans to be bipartisan.


IS OBAMA COMPLETELY OUT OF HIS MIND???

After Obama refusing to be bipartisan on health care -

and after being rude to the Republican on the wall street bill-


and AFTER ALLOWING HIS ATTACK MACHINE TO FALSELY CALL PEOPLE RACIST,

NOW Obama wants to be bipartisan ???

The cocaine must have done something to Obama's brain.

Obama should get a brain scan or something.

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Actually the republikkkans should get brain scans or something...they are the ones fighting to keep the status quo on the cleanup of the gulf...75million liability--that's one day's profit for BP. They should have unlimited liability--i.e., you spill it-you own it-you clean it up. We taxpayers should have be beholden to any oil company for their messes. Americans are watching the repugs fight against everything that makes sense (financial reform, immigration reform, DADT reform, BP disaster cleanup, etc. etc.) Who you think we'll vote for--the party of NO, or the ones that will get something done? After destroying our nation for 8 years, repugs are worrying about being "rude"???They should have been tried and hung for treason.

Posted by: Sharon_6441 | May 26, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

hand0street (or some such name)needs to give it a rest. Trying the old "tar-baby" number on Brer Obama. In other words a slick attempt to smear the president with an oil spill. This is nothing other than the repetition of the usual chat line from Republicans: Obama's Katrina. Which Katrina do we have this time? Haiti was tagged as a Katrina, the bank bail-outs were a Katrina, etc.

When Republicans run out of arguments they trot out analogies. Here's a question for Republicans: What was Bush's "Katrina"? What was his "Guantanamo"? What was Bush's "9/11"? What was Bush's "Abu Graib"? What's the matter, got no answers?
How about: "pitbull with lipstick" and Drill baby drill.

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | May 26, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

See? 37th and his ilk are good reminders why we need things like the CRA. You think he wouldn't discriminate against blacks if he could? Every day he fills this page with his hate speech. Obviously racism is not dead. I'm sure even in Kentucky people realize this.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

WIth a great writer like Robinson in their stable you really have to wonder why this stenographic biased blog is the one getting puffed by WaPo. Robinson writes about Rand Paul's unhingitude and what do we get? Tim Pawlenty and Vaughan Ward and endless hysteria from a meth addict in the comments. Ugh.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

ddawd everyone here knows you are a complete idiot - so please do not post anymore


The "caveman" reference is RACIST towards whites - there can be no mistaking Eugene the little twit is venting his anger at white people.


Yea, Eugene is trying to sterotype the redneck, gun-clinging, religion-clinging and white man who Eugene is convinced just isn't up to his standards of intelligence and "leftist" advancement.


So "caveman" and "knuckdragger" have become the new racist slurs against these sterotyped people.


The only question that remains is: has littl Eugene-the-twit realized that he has become what he is against?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 26, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Robinson had a good chat today. The guy is such a monument to the Jim Crow era. I can't imagine going through anything like what people went through during the Jim Crow days. I've got my own racially based difficulties, but nothing comes close. I'm glad he's here to lend some artfully worded perspective when we need it.

I really liked that chat question by the guy who thought that discrimination was something that was forced upon people by the government. Wow!

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse


The "caveman" reference is RACIST towards whites - there can be no mistaking Eugene the little twit is venting his anger at white people.

Yea, Eugene is trying to sterotype the redneck, gun-clinging, religion-clinging and white man who Eugene is convinced just isn't up to his standards of intelligence and "leftist" advancement.

So "caveman" and "knuckdragger" have become the new racist slurs against these sterotyped people.

The only question that remains is: has littl Eugene-the-twit realized that he has become what he is against?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

From the left...

Of course, Money controls the country - you will really know you have been at the sold out end or the exploited end of the latest deal.

That is the truth about this country.

Fraud rules, so frauds rule.

Americans better figure it out. The only politician on your side is the one your special interest bought, or if you really are a player, the one you bought.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse


If you feel the same passion that I do, the same urgency that I do, we know the people will rise up in November !


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

The money controls the country - and the tricky thing about it is that the money people are constantly selling us out - so it is difficult to keep track of - all these people constantly selling us out - so you never really know if you have been at the selling end or the buying end of the latest deal.

That is the truth about this country.

They love having Obama in there because his frauds distract everyone from the buying and selling which has actually increased with the health care bill - Obama sold out to the pharmaceutical firms and the doctors and the insurance groups so they would not run "Harry and Louise" commercials against him.


So you got sold out by Obama.


Obama found himself in a position in which he could sell you to the pharmaceutical companies - what a laugh, huh ?


The doctors' groups got what they wanted - the insurance companies got what they wanted.


You got completely screwed, have you noticed yet ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

shrink2 at 9:00

These affirmative action appointees are really annoying when they really have to do something, yea ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

You Republicans, this is your man. Now he is learning about reality.

"The 63-year-old riffed on retirement, joking that he was playing shuffleboard after the speech and that his domestic agenda now consists of taking out the trash and doing the dishes.

He plugged Laura Bush's book ''Spoken from the Heart,'' telling conventioneers, ''You ought to buy it.''

He also joked about the comedown of post-presidential life, saying he realized how different his life was when he was walking his dog Barney through his new neighborhood.

''There I was,'' Bush said. ''Former president of the United States, with a plastic bag in my hand, picking up what I had been dodging for eight solid years."
NYT

He will never be able to pick up the catastrophe of his Presidency. Dog poo is a good start.


Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing more important than the Great American Oil Disaster right now.

America's official disaster political spin site says:

"Throughout the extended top kill procedure – which may take up to two days to complete - very significant changes in the appearance of the flows at the seabed may be expected. These will not provide a reliable indicator of the overall progress, or success or failure, of the top kill operation as a whole. BP will report on the progress of the operation as appropriate and on its outcome when complete."

Translation: Oil flow is going to increase as they do what they can to stop it.

But they are trying to get people to root for them, as if this were an athletic contest.

Everyone knows cars kill. Will we stop injecting oil, or will we die, pretending, we want to get clean. ?

If you like turtles, copepods, marine mammals, crabs, worms, big fish, frogs, you name it....better hope this works.
I sure hope this works.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/sarah_palins_strange_unprofess.html

Weigel on Sarah Palin...


"Sarah Palin's strange, unprofessional and paranoid grudge


Sarah Palin took to her Facebook account today to inform her readers that Joe McGinniss, an award-winning reporter and author, had rented the house next door.

I saw Ben Smith flag this earlier today but did not really appreciate how strange and, frankly, immature Palin's post was until I read it.

Palin informs her readers that McGinniss is "overlooking my children’s play area" and "overlooking Piper’s bedroom." Alternately sounding angry and mocking, she refers to "the family’s swimming hole," which at first reference sounds like she's accusing McGinniss of checking out the Palins in their bathing suits, until you realize the family's "swimming hole" is Lake Lucille. And she posts a photo of the space McGinniss is renting, captioning it, "Can I call you Joe?"

Can somebody explain to me how this isn't a despicable thing for Palin to do? She describes McGinniss as the author of "the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered."

Another way of putting it would be that McGinniss is an investigative journalist who wrote his first best-seller at age 26 and was shopping a book about Alaska and the oil industry when Palin was named John McCain's running mate. And another way of describing those "bizarre" pieces is that no one has ever challenged the facts in them.

Palin, who has an undergraduate degree in journalism, should understand that articles don't become untrue when the subjects don't agree with them.

Has McGinniss gone to an extreme to get a story? Well, we don't have his side yet -- not that this has prevented every other media outlet from typing up Palin's Facebook post like some lost Gospel. But assuming he's rented the house near the Palins for some period of time, assuming the Palins know he's there and that he's writing a book, then what, exactly, is wrong with this?

Politicians don't have veto power over who gets to write about them, or how they research their stories, as long as they're within the bounds of the law. It's incredibly irresponsible for them to sic their fans on journalists they don't like. And that's what Palin is doing here -- she has already inspired Glenn Beck to accuse McGinniss of "stalking" Palin and issuing a threat to boycott his publisher.

This is really the ultimate example of the way Palin manipulates the press and inverts the relationship between reporters and politicians, turning the former into "stalkers," and the latter -- as long as they're Republicans or members of her family -- into saints whom no one can criticize. No one in the media should reward Palin for this irresponsible and pathetic bullying."

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Losers this week...so far:

Last episode of "Lost"
ex-President Logan
Racist Rand
Racist Rand's Dad
The Gulf of Mexico
"Amero" conspiracies
Rush's book, "Army of One"
Corey Pavin
The fake 37
Prison-water, er, brig-ade

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank heavens for this Ward piece, reading about Tim Pawlenty had me so excited I had to go home and change my pants.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The oil disaster will stop beginning when the oil stops flowing.

The disaster will evolve as the sunken oil kills what it kills, the phase which is in its earliest stages, nothing like this has ever happened before.

The unregulated industry was a Republican decision. You Republican voters own this. Yours was an act of commission.

Sinking the oil was an Obama administration decision. It may turn out to be the more awful decision. Maybe it was an act of omission, done in ignorance.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Lisa Jackson should not talk about the oil disaster. She does not know what the words mean, but she is talking and it is all jarring stupidity. She is in full political defense mode now. Politics? She could be a Bush Cheney appointee. No difference.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


If you want to quote racists, why don't you go directly to Hitler.


This is a joke, you are trying to justify your far-left wing positions by quoting the far-left wing ???


As if anyone agrees with you ??

Your pal Eugene was finally jumping up and down because he thought he HAD SOMETHING SO HE COULD CALL SOMEONE A RACIST.

But in fact, Rand Paul said twenty times he was against discrimination.

YOU CHOSE TO FORGET THAT ONE, HUH??

Everyone is sick of your RACIST RANTS broadwayjoe

Look under another rock, maybe you will find racism there.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Aaron, check out Fix coworker Eugene Robinson's take on Rand Paul today in the Post.
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"Republican crisis managers wisely didn't allow Paul to stray within range of the Sunday talk shows, but they can't keep him hidden away in some Kentucky cave until November. Sooner or later, the Senate candidate is going to have to answer a direct question: Was he being untruthful on the occasions when he said the federal government has no authority to outlaw racial discrimination in private businesses such as restaurants? Or is he being untruthful now in claiming he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Actually, there are quite a few direct questions that Paul will be asked. Does he still believe it ought to be permissible to deny Americans access to housing because of the color of their skin, as he argued a few years ago? I have a personal stake in this one, since I live in a neighborhood where a legal covenant once kept African Americans out. Is this sort of thing cool with him?"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/24/AR2010052402991.html

Now back to..., er, Vaughn Ward.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Did Fix ghostwriter/intern Aaron Blake really wake up this morning and, from among 47 political news stories today, e.g., BP oil leak, Souder, etc., decide to write about...Vaughn Ward? Vaughan Ward. Vaughan Ward! Vaughan Ward????? What the ______?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 8:06 PM
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He wanted to do a story on Rand Paul and Republican racism, but he wasn't sure you were around today. That would have meshed with Eugene Robinson's piece. Poor Eugene is afraid he'll be banished from his neighborhood if Rand Paul wins a Senate seat.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

There's an old saying that first class people surround themselves with first class people; second class people surround themselves with third class people. I think McCain and Palin, by backing Ward, are showing us just how sharp an "old saw" can be.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Notice.
While the worst oil spill in American history has been going on for nearly a month now, with half the Gulf covered in slimy oil, and massive marine and bird life dying all over, Chris Cillizza and most bloggers in America today aren't making a peep about it. Just check out his blogs today and last week. It's practically all about Republicans in the political arena, especially when it makes them look bad.
Wanna bet that Chris and the Democrap Socialist--controlled Main Stream Media would have gone balistics over the BP oil spill if only the president in the WH today was G.W. Bush?

Posted by: armpeg | May 25, 2010 7:38 PM

But haven't you heard? Dems want to slap a big tax increase on the price of gasoline. That's the Dem answer to everything. Just what the economy needs---more tax and spend.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Is the Republican party secretly trying to give the Dems a bigger majority in the hopes that the Dems can get the mess cleaned up fast enough that by 2012 the R's can hope people will have forgotten who made it and they can claim that it was R's who solved all the problems?

Posted by: ceflynline | May 25, 2010 6:00 PM
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Uh, you're quite the fox; I'm sure that's exactly what they're secretly planning.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse


Obama goes to Capitol Hill today and asks the Republicans to be bipartisan.


IS OBAMA COMPLETELY OUT OF HIS MIND???

After Obama refusing to be bipartisan on health care -

and after being rude to the Republican on the wall street bill-


and AFTER ALLOWING HIS ATTACK MACHINE TO FALSELY CALL PEOPLE RACIST,

NOW Obama wants to be bipartisan ???

The cocaine must have done something to Obama's brain.

Obama should get a brain scan or something.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Did Fix ghostwriter/intern Aaron Blake really wake up this morning and, from among 47 political news stories today, e.g., BP oil leak, Souder, etc., decide to write about...Vaughn Ward? Vaughan Ward. Vaughan Ward! Vaughan Ward????? What the ______?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Armpeg


If Bush was President right now, every news outlet in the nation would be on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico recording every drop of oil, and every bird and every little plant affected.

But this is OBAMA'S OIL SPILL.

The media lets Obama blame BP for weeks, trying to dodge responsibility - and then Obama goes on vacation.

The media almost seemed to want to bury the story, but they had to bring it back when it became clear that the oil spill was huge.


Meanwhile - Obama is back at the White House working on the oil spill -- OH NO HE ISN'T - Obama is in California on a fundraising trip for the democrats.

This weekend Obama will work on the oil spill - OH NO HE WON'T - Obama is going on vacation this weekend.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Notice.
While the worst oil spill in American history has been going on for nearly a month now, with half the Gulf covered in slimy oil, and massive marine and bird life dying all over, Chris Cillizza and most bloggers in America today aren't making a peep about it. Just check out his blogs today and last week. It's practically all about Republicans in the political arena, especially when it makes them look bad.
Wanna bet that Chris and the Democrap Socialist--controlled Main Stream Media would have gone balistics over the BP oil spill if only the president in the WH today was G.W. Bush?

Posted by: armpeg | May 25, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The voters in Idaho realize that voting for the democrats is just being irresponsible with your country.


Obama is spending too much money.

Obama is taxing too much.


Time to get rid of Obama and the democrats.

Be RESPONSIBLE with your country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse


You can now see OBAMA'S OIL SPILL up close


http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/homepage/STAGING/local_assets/bp_homepage/html/rov_stream.html

What is Obama doing today about the oil spill ???

- Fundraising for the democrats in California


- Preparing for his vacation


IT IS ABOUT TIME the democrats stop being irresponsible with this nation - and stop supporting Obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and Vaughan Ward is literally one of the worst candidates in the nation. Check out his blatant plagiarism from an Obama speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7qoKpIZK_I

Posted by: thecrisis | May 25, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Butch Otter is immensely unpopular here in Idaho because of his horrible management of the state budget. He's got a penchant for dramatically unnecessary cuts, and for some reason he ALWAYS goes after education and health & welfare to find them. I wouldn't put much money on his re-election...Allred is VERY popular here.

Posted by: thecrisis | May 25, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"A recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon showed Ward with a 31 percent to 28 percent edge over state Rep. Raul Labrador who has worked to coalesce tea party support behind him."

So the race is between a total schlemiel and a raving Tea Partier.

Even in Idaho that seems a bit extreme. Is the Republican party secretly trying to give the Dems a bigger majority in the hopes that the Dems can get the mess cleaned up fast enough that by 2012 the R's can hope people will have forgotten who made it and they can claim that it was R's who solved all the problems?

Posted by: ceflynline | May 25, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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