Oh Helen . . .
With the obligatory proviso that this is not a political blog, may I recommend to you this depressing but amusing article about some of the people that my home state chooses to send to Congress? To give this post a real pop culture slant, any of you remember the West Wing episode where a Senator from Idaho threatened to hold up military promotions until he gets a nice little boondoggle for the state? Yeah, that was based on a real incident with Larry Craig, mentioned in the article. (My dad was a fraternity brother of Craig's at the University of Idaho. It's a really small state.)