Ward Goes Down

Here's the story that Democrats will be rejoicing over today: Vaughn Ward, a National Republican Congressional Committee "Young Gun" candidate, lost his congressional primary in Idaho. It doesn't look good to have a touted candidate ("Young Guns" qualify by reaching fundraising benchmarks) go down in flames, but Ward had his problems, most notably having lifted parts of a speech from President Obama. Sarah Palin had endorsed him before all this happened, but the group Tea Party Express--which is making waves by propelling Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, and whose chairman recently offered a tongue-in-cheek apology for smearing Muslims on his blog (yes, the term "Monkey god" was used)--has, to the surprise of some, endorsed Democrat Walt Minnick, who now seems to have a much better shot at winning than he did last week.