Sali, Poof!


Oh, and I was so ready to ask him so many good questions.

I had been asked to be on the panel of reporters quizzing U.S. Rep. Bill Sali and Matt Salisbury for the Republican primary debate on Idaho Public Television.

So much for that. Last night, I got word from the IPTV folks that Sali just couldn't find the time.

While my weekend has freed up remarkably, it is a shame. Sali has apparently pulled a page out of the Jim Risch playbook. And, as any savvy campaign manager will tell you, it's good strategy for an incumbent or for anyone who has a built-in advantage. Debate your obscure opponent? What in the world do you have to gain from that? Zip. Zero. Nada.

"We are disappointed that the congressman couldn't find time in his schedule for the debate," was the official statement from the group sponsoring the event. The Idaho Debates are sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club and broadcast live statewide on Idaho Public Television.

Because Sali and Salisbury are only two candidates scheduled to debate for their party's June primary, the debate has been canceled.

Which means my garden will get the attention it deserves. Finally. And democracy, dare I say it, will not.


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