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Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 8:32 a.m.

RRepub: Who You Callin’ Uber-Con?

Reagan Repub (RE: Huckleberries hears region's ultraconservatives oppose state health exchange): Ultraconservatives? What does that even mean? Every rank and file conservative Republican I know (right wing, traditional, libertarian, old guard, Reaganite, fiscal, social, and christian) opposes a state exchange not just your scapegoated "ultraconservatives." The only Republicans I know who support a state exchange are some Legislators, the Governor and a bunch of lobbyists. Opposing a state exchange has actually brought together many Republican rivals from the last couple of years. Ron Mendive and Jeff Tyler who slugged it out in the 3rd District Republican Primary both oppose the state exchange. Same with Vito Barbieri and Mark Fisher from the 2nd. Even Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward are on the same page on this issue. This is not dividing North Idaho Republicans but creating a new unity against a very bad idea.

Question: Jeff has a good point. In a time when RINOs abound on both sides of the Kootenai County GOP, it's hard to distinguish the various shades of conservatism. Moderates are liberals. Democrats, I suppose, in Kootenai County GOPspeak, are of the debbil. How do you distinguish the various shades of Republican?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.