Quite a bit later than usual but here are today's links in Idaho's 1st Congressional District race. Don't miss the new "poser of the day" bit.
- Win or lose, Congressman Sali's social calendar appears to be plenty full. He's an honorary co-chair of the black-tie-formal Capital City Ball, with a guest list including such prominent names as Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug and featuring a Vegas-style casino. Read more in "Capital City Ball" - Washington Life Magazine
"The Capital City Ball is a premier social event held at one of Washington’s most exclusive and elegant locations. The Ball draws a diverse and interesting group of people from different social networks and a wide range of ages. The 2008 Ball will be held Saturday, November 22nd at the historic Washington Club."
- Bill Sali's "power" ranking of 423 is one of IDP ExecDir Jim Hansen reasons in "Six reasons to vote for Democrats" - BSU Arbiter
- More dissecting of ads in "Political ads dance around the issues" - BSU Arbiter
- Anecdotes and letters in "Noah Wall's LTE" and "Campaign sign shenanigans" - the unequivocal notion
Poser of the day
In April last year, a vote was held on a bi-partisan bill, sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), extending and improve funding for a range of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation programs that assisted primarily veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. As expected the bill passed the U.S. House overwhelmingly with only one dissenting vote and 37 members not voting. Congressman Bill Sali was among those who recorded no vote on the legislation (we blogged about it here, then, and unequivocal notion blogged about it here last month).
A few days later in a debate hosted by KTVB, his primary opponent, Iraq veteran Matt Salisbury, questioned Sali on not being present for this important vote, to which Sali responded that he thought he was there. KTVB investigated further, checking with the Library of Congress and determined that indeed no vote had been recorded for Sali on that bill.
When confronted about this discrepancy between Sali's recollection and the record, Sali claimed computer error (the first of many such "computer error" claims) and said he would ask for an investigation (see video of KTVB's report here and my post here).
Well, six months later and Sali is still recorded as not having voted on the bill. Here's the poser: Is it really possible that in the U.S. House of Representatives, part of the branch of government responsible for drafting and passing legislation governing the most powerful nation on earth, that a rogue computer glitch could be causing votes to be recorded inaccurately—and no one has heard anything about it? Not a peep . . . until a question is asked in a debate putting a congressman on the spot, subsequently requiring his staff to come up with a little CYA. Computer glitch—if that were happening—even possible—wouldn't other members of Congress be up in arms about it? Or is it just Sali that is plagued by computer glitches? Or could it be that he just missed the vote and then lied about it? Either way, not exactly unexpected from someone with a 423 effectiveness rating.
Sali quote of the day
"We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. Those are changes – and they are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers. The principles that this country was built on, that have made it great over these centuries, were Christian principles derived from scriptures. You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01)