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Thu., May 15, 2014, 9:14 a.m.

The Great Idaho Governor’s Debate?

Do yourself a favor and watch this mash-up of the Great Idaho Governor's Debate, starring Harley Brown & Walt Bayes, with guest appearances by Gov. Butch Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher.

Even before Wednesday's debate started, Idaho Public Television announced that it would broadcast the event on a 30-second delay in anticipation of rampant cussin'. (Harley) Brown—who wore his customary leather vest and leather hat, has the presidential seal tattooed on his shoulder, two cigars in his right breast pocket, and is missing several prominent teeth—used his closing argument to wave a signed certificate from a “Masai prophet” that confirmed that he would one day be president of the United States. Brown revealed that he supports gay marriage because as a cab driver in Boise he discovered that gay people “love each other more than I love my motorcycle.” His closing argument was blunt: “You have your choice, folks: A cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker, or a normal guy. Take your pick… We're leaving it up to you”/Tim Murphy, Mother Jones News. More here.

Question: Was Otter wise in insisting that the eccentric also-rans take part in the debate to dilute Russ Fulcher's time?




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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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