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Friday, August 31, 2007

No Way

posted by on August 31 at 14:43 PM

Idaho’s other senator is named Mike Crapo? How do you get elected with a name like Crapo?

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Seems like a good place for a David Vitter joke

Posted by tiptoe tommy | August 31, 2007 2:46 PM

Wow Dan, nothing gets by you.

Posted by nbc | August 31, 2007 2:49 PM

How do you get elected with a name like Crapo?

I think in Idaho, it must involve hanging out in public bathrooms a lot.

Posted by thehim | August 31, 2007 2:50 PM

We refer to him as the #2 Senator.

Posted by Idaho native, out of place | August 31, 2007 2:53 PM

Umm... Dan...? I know this shouldn't be funny and we'll all burn in hell for laughing at this fact, but according to wikipedia, he's battled prostate cancer. Twice.,_2010#Mike_Crapo_.28R.29_of_Idaho

Posted by Lionel Hutz | August 31, 2007 2:54 PM

Well, first you have to be a Hypocrite, then a Liar ... that is, if you're a Republicant.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 31, 2007 2:56 PM

Um, didn't everyone know this guy's name already? It wasn't exactly a state secret.

Posted by James | August 31, 2007 2:57 PM

I have a urologist named Dr. Ballo.

Posted by heywhatsit | August 31, 2007 3:03 PM

Someone ran for Congress in MA named Dick Sweat. Not sure if he won.

Posted by Dianna | August 31, 2007 3:04 PM

As the top of his bio page prominently notes: "pronounced CRAY-poe."

Still not sure if that's worse than Boehner, though.

Posted by Dan | August 31, 2007 3:22 PM

It's supposed to accurately describe his politics. Call it truth in advertising.

Idaho has a long history or electing right-wing psychos. See ya in Hell, Helen Chenoweth.

Posted by Original Andrew | August 31, 2007 3:28 PM

And the governor's name is Butch Otter ... geez Dan. Old news.

Posted by chris | August 31, 2007 3:31 PM

Speaking of Helen Chenoweth (R-Hell), I found the most amusing and amazing epitath:

"The term 'wingnut' gets thrown about rather loosely at times. But the life and work of former Representative Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho) embodied all the richness and flavor that expression ought properly to convey. She died yesterday [in a car accident] while bravely defying the nanny-state’s intrusive expectation that its charges wear seat belts.

Other Republicans had played footsie with the Turner Diaries crowd, but Chenoweth boldly remained attached to them even after the Oklahoma City bombing, an event that inspired her to the optimistic explanation, 'Maybe now more people will listen!' Chenoweth married her admiration and concern for the militia groups with her other big obsession, the unspeakable horrors of eco-fascism. Having denounced environmentalism as a deranging form of religion that was at odds with the separation of church and state, she claimed that the government was using its secret black helicopters to terrorize hunters and protect endangered species…. She also, naturally, called for the impeachment of that awful Bill Clinton, but publically declared her support for her kind of world leader, Slobodan Milosovic."

Wow, that's Idaho leadership for you.

Posted by Original Andrew | August 31, 2007 3:37 PM

How do you get elected with a name like Crapo?

I think you get elected because you've got a name like Crapo.

Posted by anon | August 31, 2007 3:42 PM

@9- I had a teacher in high school named Dick Stump. Honestly, some parents...

Posted by Matthew | August 31, 2007 3:48 PM

Oh no fucking way!!

Butch Otter, Idaho's Gov?

His wife's name is Gay Simplot (subplot?)!!

Sweet Jeebus, is Idaho really as insane as it sounds?

Posted by Original Andrew | August 31, 2007 3:51 PM

"So they're BUTCH AND GAY!!!"

(falls on the floor laughing)

Posted by Original Andrew | August 31, 2007 3:52 PM

yes, idaho is as insane as it sounds. my hometown (in SE idaho) is home to Melaleuca inc (a tea-tree-oil "network marketing" product shilling company) the owner of which pitched a fit when a PBS documentary about gay elementary school teachers was scheduled to air on the local channel and put up billboards around town decrying PBS's immorailty. i delivered flowers to his house once and was received by his rather light-in-the-loafers son (or nephew or grandson or something), who i felt kind of sorry for.

also, i've really enjoyed the larry craig story as i first head about bathroom cruising foot-tapping and what not from my freind in high school who was, you know, the only gay kid in school. The association of the shitbag republican guy fucking up his life with these little foot taps and finger wavings with thinking of Jake hooking up with those married guys in the bathroom of barnes and noble on seventeenth street and being the out and proud fag that he is now just tickles me pink.
i'm glad he managed to leave the repressed cruising scene of idaho for the super-fab NYC life he has now, too bad these douchebags never could.

Posted by erin | August 31, 2007 4:53 PM

Naming your kid Dick Stump ought to be grounds for having them taken away.

Posted by Dianna | August 31, 2007 6:10 PM

That's nothing new. Former Sen. Santorum is named after shit too.

Posted by John | August 31, 2007 7:44 PM

They've come a long way, baby, since the heroic Senator Frank Church... a long way DOWN

Posted by Andy Niable, former Idahomosexual | August 31, 2007 8:31 PM

@15--yes, they are that batshit back in my old stomping ground. I've heard that Helen Chenowith was once quoted, regarding English-only legislation, that "the Bible is in English, and if that was good enough for Jesus..." (though said story could be, er, apocryphal).

Posted by Andy Niable, former Idahomosexual | August 31, 2007 8:34 PM

This may be too, too under -

Combining names - Savage Crapo

My butt hurts so nice and it looks like a record for all time - where is the camera

Posted by Handy Andy 98144 | September 1, 2007 1:03 AM

Not mentioned so far - among all the Crapo jokes -

IDAHO, to her historical great glory and grand credit - DEFEATED, yes DEFEATED an anti gay initiative about 14 years ago.

During the same era, the same type of right wing anti gay initiative had already passed in Oregon and Colorado - never made it to the ballot in Washington. Thanks HOW.

Won by stressing cost to the state, talking up personal privacy, stay out of everybody's bedroom - very local just Idaho campaign, run by Idaho queers, which was well connected to Hands Off Washington ... jokes aside, it was a brilliant campaign on our side, that defeated the BIGOTS in Idaho.

Another brilliant detail, our side managed to convince the Mormon church to stay neutral, since they, Mormons, dislike the ultra evangelicals like fire - great tactic in a very Mormon state.

Potato growers were on our side fearing boycott. Remember Colorado suffered giant losses of tourism after passing the anti gay law - many giant conventions canceled in Colo. Personal travel declined, etc.

To the mocking -fair credit is due. And one must wonder if Senator Craig and friends played any role on OUR side in the background. As mixed up as he may be, closet cases are often very supportive, totally in secret, sadly.

They, closet fags, send money orders signed by John Smith, and just cash tucked in the envelope.

Ah, sweet history ... so easily forgotten.

Posted by Bit of Idaho History | September 1, 2007 1:36 AM

Did a google - yes indeed (idaho anti gay initiative) how did we live without google? - The following:
Idaho Vote Analysis-
This book is based on our experiences in Idaho in 1994 fighting Proposition 1. ... "No" votes put down the anti-gay initiative with just 50.4% of the votes.
Jeez and more jeez ... well done brave and valiant queer Idahonians.

Posted by Jack | September 1, 2007 1:58 AM

My congressman from 1979 until 1987 was Rep. William H. Boner. He resigned from Congress upon being elected Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.

During his single term of office, Mayor Boner divorced his third wife to marry a younger nightclub singer, who stated to a reporter for the now-defunct Nashville Banner that the mayor was capable of passion for "seven continuous hours".

Keeping in mind that this was before Viagra, Cialis, etc. came on the market, perhaps there is something to rising to the expectations of an unfortunate name.

Posted by John in Nashville | September 2, 2007 2:39 PM

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