You've got to hand it to GOP Rep. Bill "Brain Fade" Sali -- he sure keeps things interesting. Just check out what he had to say in the Sunday edition of the Idaho Statesman's Voter Guide. Sali and his Democratic opponent, businessman Walt Minnick, were both asked: "What has been a turning point or a challenge in your adult life?" (Emphasis mine.)
Minnick gave a thoughtful answer about his decision to resign from his job at the Nixon White House during the Watergate Scandal.
Bill Sali was assigned a book report in the fourth grade. Uncharacteristically, he blew it off. "I procrastinated," Sali said. "When I didn't get it done, I took an F." It was the first and last 'F' Sali ever got, and it became a transforming experience for the future congressman. From that point on he always was a good student, and while he acknowledged that he dropped some classes in college because he took on too much class load, he never again failed. "It changed my focus," Sali said in a telephone interview. "It was a turning point for me because I knew I had to be serious about things."
Yup, the most formative experience of Sali's life was flunking that book report in grade school. This might explain a few things.