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Mon., Aug. 1, 2011, 11:26 a.m.

Marty: Idaho GOP Is A House Divided

Idaho Republicans agree on two things: Their affinity for Reaganesque platitudes in November and their animosity toward President Obama year-round. And that's just about it. On the debt ceiling crisis, where is any common ground between 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador and 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson? Until the last minute, Labrador seemed willing to risk default to constrain debt. Simpson sees default as the greater hazard. Can you really say this party stands for a simple standard of right and wrong when the GOP Central Committee can condemn Senate Majority Caucus Chairman John McGee of Caldwell -- a moderate -- for drunken driving, but looks the other way when Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol -- a renegade conservative -- steals state timber and shirks his taxes?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Democrats ever benefit from the divided Idaho GOP?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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