Newcomers here seem to assume that the Idaho Republicans are an ultra-conservative far-right group. We are not like the Rust Belt states, nor the confederation. Our history is rooted in often politically conflicting demographics. Specifically, miners and unionized ranchers have very little in common.
Over the years, our GOP has threaded the needle by governing like moderates from a centrist perspective. This formula works for us and creates no need for bipolar Democratic and Republican parties. This explains our Republican stranglehold on the electorate for many years.
Frankly, the Idaho Democrats could hold their convention in a phone booth. I don’t say that in a derogatory way; it’s just a fact. If they could present themselves as more centrist, victories could befall them.
To newbies, I say stay out of our policy until you know what a real Idahoan is. Once you do, you will be treated with open arms. Otherwise, you will be considered the plague.
To the locals, I say you better show up at the polls on May 17 and vote like your life depends on it. Even if you’ve never voted, hate politics and politicians…vote. Vote for people with deep generational roots here.
Like never before, our ballots are filled with candidates with minimal residency and extremist views contrary to Idaho values. Locals… get out and vote.
GERALD B. HIGGS