Larry, In Spirit
Although Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has given up his quest for re-election and will not appear at the GOP convention either, his ghost is sure to play a role. After all, the bathroom where he was arrested -- and where his political career ended -- is in the very airport that all delegates will travel through to get to the convention. It's a safe bet that The Daily Show will file at least one report from the celebrated stall.
Really Breaking Ranks
If you think sitting out the convention is a message to your constituents, check out Gordon Smith, Oregon's moderate Republican Senator, who is facing a stiff re-election challenge. Sure, he's avoiding St. Paul like the plague, but he's also started featuring a curious guest star in his TV ads -- Barack Obama. Although Obama has endorsed his opponent, Smith cites his bipartisan work with the Democratic Senator from Illinois as a way to win over voters in blue Oregon. Obama is ahead of John McCain in Oregon by nine points, according to a July 15 Rasmussen Reports poll. Now Smith is bringing in California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a supporter -- the same man who has said he would consider a cabinet post in an Obama administration.