SALI SINKING. Not that anyone should care, but I have a new favorite midterm race. Courtesy of some folks at the palace of Grand Vizier Kos, I have come to develop great affection for the race in the First Congressional District of Idaho. Last week, Dick Cheney unlimbered his rhetorical firepower -- the only kind of firepower it is safe for him to unlimber, truth be told -- on behalf of Bill Sali, the Republican candidate running against Democratic hopeful Larry Grant. As you can see from this link, Sali is about as beloved among his fellow Republicans as is The Invisible Man, whose pants can now be seen running by themselves in the Connecticut senatorial contest. Democrats have had nowhere near enough races recently in which Republicans openly discuss out of which window they should toss their candidate. Things are looking up.

--Charles P. Pierce