Republican activists greeted U.S. Senate candidates Clint Didier and Dino Rossi warmly, but not overwhelmingly so, when they spoke to the party’s state convention today.
By a very unscientific measure – audience response to the two candidates – Rossi seemed to have more supporters, while Didier had more enthusiastic ones.
Most of the crowd was on their feet for Rossi. A smaller, louder core stood for Didier’s entrance and exit, and managed to make more noise than the crowd did for Rossi.
Many people also stood for the third major Republican candidate, Paul Akers, but the crowd wasn’t filled with signs for Akers as it was for Didier and, especially, Rossi.
The biggest and most unanimous reaction of the morning was for someone who isn’t running for anything — not in 2010, anyway. Attorney General Rob McKenna, a likely 2012 candidate for governor, set out his argument for the lawsuit he has joined against the federal health care bill.
The crowd was on its feet several times during the speech.
McKenna said the mandate for people to have health insurance means Congress has for the first time required people to buy a product.
Since the federal government owns General Motors now, he said: “Could they order us to go buy Chevys every three years because they think it’s in the national interest?”