Posts tagged: Shoshone Conservative
Shoshone Conservative: BSU, on the other hand, was an entirely unnecessary additional State University built solely for the purpose to spare Treasure Valley denizens from having to dirty themselves by leaving the Great State of Ada for their higher education. Then, after turning their community college into a 4-year university, they stick their own taxpayers with the expense of building a new community college to replace it (CWI). I suppose it also serves the purpose of giving Boise the next best thing to an NFL team: A pretty good college team, with the mascot, logo, and colors of an NFL team (I’m really surprised, actually, that Denver hasn’t sued them, or sent one of those “cease and desist” letters). Then they put a big-mouthed Chicago politician in charge so they can use every Machiavellian tactic they can to take money away from the other universities.
Question: Sho-Con argues that the state Bored of Education is trying to create a fiction that the state's universities are on equal footing (re: “flagship” flap). In reality, he sez, Idaho is the main land grant college, enshrined in the state's Constitution. Should UIdaho remain the first among equals?
Columnist Chris Carlson: “Finally, there is no polite way to say this, Governor Otter knows and those close to him know he is engaging in what’s called “mailing it in.” He is not showing up for work very often, his schedule of public appointments has decreased dramatically, he spends only minimal time when he does make public appearances with the exception of the occasional capitol for a day.” More here.
Shoshone Conservative: Bingo. That’s what I’ve been saying for a long time. Otter is treating his office like a cushy “pre-retirement” post, given to him as a “reward” so he can finish out his political service “at the top.” Kind of like a long-time corporate executive being promoted to high-level position before retirement, where he has little to no actual work to do, other than to show up to a board meeting ever quarter, or pop in after his golf game to sign a couple of papers. This state is run by unelected bureaucrats, not an elected Governor.
Question: Do you think Gov. Butch Otter is “mailing it in” — semi-retired and no longer interested in running the state of Idaho?
Shoshone Conservative: Well, even though the Central Committee has swung to the right, the voting pool isn’t a Heck of a lot different than it was in 2006 and 2008. I think the Kennedy-Brannon race proved that Coeur d’alene is pretty competitive and divided, as it was no secret that Kennedy is a Democrat and Brannon is a Republican. While Sayler may very well be a case of a strong candidate with weak opposition and Goedde’s close calls may be a function of Goedde’s personality and campaigning, all I’m saying is that District 4 isn’t like other areas in Kootenai County, where the Republican nomination pretty much guarantees election.
Question: Is state Sen. John Goedde vulnerable for a challenge from the Far Right and even a Democratic challenger in 2012?
Actually, in Idaho, closing primaries would benefit the Democrats immensely:
Question: Who would benefit most/least by closed primaries in Idaho?
Shoshone Conservative: I've always wondered what happened to Otter in the last few years - as Congressman, he (along with Larry Craig, too, actually) was couragous in speaking out against the abuses of the Patriot Act (being the only Republican besides Ron Paul to vote against it), and did a fairly good job of trying to resist federal encroachment on State powers. He was on the Right Wing of the Republican Party, leaning toward libertarian, but he wasn't radical or a wingnut, either. Now, he reminds me of the Governor on the old TV show Benson. He's even gotten a FEDERAL Judge to swear him in as Governor both times, for Heaven's sake. He's gone from “maverick” (to use a tired cliche) to very much “establishment.”
Question: Has Butch Otter changed from his days as a maverick Idaho congressman?
Shoshone Conservative: It’s no surprise (that Walt Minnick’s ahead by 10 points). Minnick is more well-known, is an incumbent, has raised a lot of money, and has been casting fiscally conservative votes. Labrador needs to call attention to Minnick’s social views, and run against MINNICK instead of Pelosi. His supporters also need to quit alienating Ward’s supporters by constantly rehashing Ward’s campaign gaffes.
Question: Shoshone Conservative raises an interesting point. Is it time for Raul Labrador to run against Minnick rather than Nancy Pelosi? Are you influenced by the Republican rhetoric re: House Speaker Pelosi in an Idaho congressional race?