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Edit: Real Republicans? Who Cares?

For at least a year, maybe two, Idaho's governing party has been engaged in the political equivalent of navel gazing. Can a real Republican vote for a state-based health insurance exchange? Must he insist that the Common Core curriculum revamp will trigger the next educational apocalypse? Must a real Republican get an ulcer about investing Idaho's endowment dollars in downtown Boise commercial real estate? Are the only true Republicans those who believe the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - which brought direct election of U.S. senators - as well as every innovation since William McKinley was assassinated including the Federal Reserve, the Square Deal, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, New Frontier and the Great Society were mistakes? Now we know. Tuesday's primary election settled the skirmish - at least for now. But the debris field of the war for the "heart and soul" of the Idaho GOP is strewn with the signs of neglect/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does the definition of "real Republicans" differ depending on the part of Idaho that you're in?

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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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