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Today’s fun video: Colbert on the great ID gov debate

 

Stephen Colbert is a little late in weighing in on the Idaho gubernatorial debate, but last night managed to wrap Harley Brown and Walt Bays into a report on Tuesday's primary results.

This may confirm for some Russ Fulcher's complaint that Gov. Butch Otter's insistence that the two “out there” candidates in the sole debate made Idaho a laughingstock. To which Spin Control can only say: “Oh, waaaaah.”

Watch for a guest appearance by the S-R's Betsy Russell late in the segment.

Today’s fun video: ID gov debate

 

There are about as many differences between Washington and Idaho politics as there are differences between the two states. 

 As this video demonstrates, Idaho gubernatorial debates are quite a bit more entertaining, as dark horse candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes join Gov. Butch Otter and his main Republican opponent Russ Fulcher on stage for a debate. 

This is not to say Washington doesn't have its own stable of unusual folks who run for office. Mike The Mover and GoodSpaceGuy have jumped into congressional races. But they don't often wind up in a debate broadcast around the state on public television.

Brown and Bayes, who were invited at the insistence of Otter, kind of steal the show at various times.

Kudos to colleague Betsey Russell, The Spokesman-Review's Boise bureau chief, who is on the panel and handles this all with great aplomb.

National political blogs — which normally pay as much attention to Idaho as they do to Liechtenstein, are agog with the debate. 

The fill video lasts about an hour, but for highlights, try Buzz Feed's 9 Reasons Why The Idaho Gubernatorial Debate Was the Most Important Political Event of the Year.

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