Would that I could say, with any self-satisfaction, that at least I’m not from Minnesota, the state that hatched Michele Bachmann, or from Iowa, a state that gets to claim both Charles Grassley and Steve King, or from Texas–omigod, where to start? with Bush or DeLay? (who is currently ruining Dancing with the Stars for me).

But we Missouri progressives can’t afford to be smug. Not with Roy Blunt, Cynthia Davis (with guffaw-inducing foibles too multiple to bother linking to any one of them), Tim Jones, and a host of others. And in case home grown isn’t embarrassing enough, we import nutballs: Joe Wilson will be speaking next weekend in Springfield to the Missouri Republican Assembly, which bills itself as the “Republican Wing of the Republican Party”.