Bill Sali, Always Classy

Can’t wait to see the video!

Congressman Bill Sali and his campaign staff heckled a NewsChannel 7 reporter and a representative for his opponent today in Downtown Boise.

KTVB reporter Ysabel Bilbao was interviewing Walt Minnick’s campaign director John Foster Wednesday afternoon.  During the interview, someone loudly yelled and was laughing during the interview at the Grove plaza.

Bilbao and Foster initially ignored the intrusion, but quickly noticed the source of the heckling: Sali and members of his staff.

More at KTVB..

Update No video… yet… I’m bummed.  Just more from the Idaho Statesman – my favorite part:

After KTVB reported the incident on its Web site, Sali’s campaign challenged its characterization of the incident as heckling. I sincerely apologize if you took it as heckling. That’s absurd,” spokesman Wayne Hoffman said via e-mail. “If we can’t laugh at ourselves, then what have we become?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a sincere apology.


Study in Ignorance – Gayle Quinell, & Jody from Fenton

This morning a fellow worker recited for me the reasons she intends to vote for John McCain.  She thinks his campaign is actually being run by “his party” and doesn’t reflect who he is.

Four days ago I ran across an extended version of the woman, later identified as Gayle Quinell, who stood at one of McCain’s rallies, and stated she couldn’t trust Obama because he’s an Arab. Following McCain’s taking back of the microphone, the woman moved outside and ‘The Uptake’ caught up with her.  The video was a continuation of the woman’s conversation with a few reporters (to later include Dana Bash from CNN).

In one sense, this woman reminded me of my fellow worker.  This fellow worker does not read a lot of different magazines, newspapers, blogs or anything that I can determine.  I do know she does not watch those cable channels like CSPAN, MSNBC, CNN or even Fox for that matter.  Prison Break is her faviortie show.

So in watching this woman a few days ago, she very much reminded me of this fellow worker in the blind acceptance of whatever they receive, especially if it’s negative, must be absolutely true.  There’s no skepticism, no investigation of any kind – simple acceptance without question.

This is the very kind of ignorance that is dangerous, as this woman obviously confuses being ‘Muslim’ as something inherent.  Watch it.

Following the video listen to a bit of the ‘Talk of the Nation‘ from NPR I listened to in the car yesterday.  One woman in particular was just over the absolutely top.  She talks about Barack being behind a lot this doing with ACORN and other things…..’indoctrinating kids to be little liberals’ (Obama & Ayers) ……”McCain is being a pussycat”…..”Barack isn’t a citizen of the United States and the Democrats are covering that up’ -17:00-20:00 or so (Jody from Fenton, Michigan).   I had to pull the car over at that point I was so pissed at such stupidity.

The Uptake is a citizen news group that I’ve been watching and checking on since the presidential conventions this summer.  It’s a good resource.