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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 is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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