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Fri., Oct. 18, 2013, 3:16 p.m.

High Noon For Idaho’s Republicans

There’s a gun fight on the road ahead forming between predominantly “common sense conservative” Republicans and the zealots further to the right loosely lumped under the Tea Party label. The stakes are high, for it is a battle for the soul of the Grand Old Party, and if the Tea Party elements prevail, the Republican Party will begin the slow fade into oblivion. If the recent shut-down of the federal government and the showdown over raising the debt ceiling did nothing else it should have demonstrated to the public in graphic detail that the Tea Party Republicans and weak-kneed “fellow travelers” (Like Idaho’s two senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch) are willing to place partisan positioning and interest ahead of the national interest.  None of these folks subscribe to the historic notion of the greatest good for the greatest number/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the premise of Carlson's column -- that the ultra-conservative Tea Party wing is running the Idaho Republican Party off the rails & possibly into the dust bin of oblivion?




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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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