PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: The hogs want to be slopped:
Despite Blog Support, Flake Bid a Long-shot
Every so often, the liberal or conservative blogospheres will get excited and mobilized to make something happen that probably never will. Such is the case with the growing movement to get Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake (R) onto the House Appropriations Committee.
Flake — the House’s best known scourge of spending earmarks and the Appropriations panel in general — is making a play to get onto the committee, hoping to take the slot vacated recently when Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) was appointed to fill Trent Lott’s (R) Senate seat.
Flake’s bid has stirred up significant support on conservative blogs like Captain’s Quarters, Townhall.com and PoliPundit. There’s a Facebook page devoted to his candidacy, and this site hatched by the conservative group FreedomWorks specifically to promote his effort.
There’s just one problem: Flake’s chances are very, very slim, no matter how many bloggers he has in his corner.
Guess why. With even folks like Rush Limbaugh talking about sitting out the 2008 election, the GOP needs to do something to show people it’s serious about controlling pork. Of course, first it needs to be serious.