Well, at least it'd be fun to watch ...

The close-the-primary wing of the Republican Party had its day in federal court Thursday — and the group's attorney didn't sound too confident afterwards.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mikel Williams seemed skeptical about the lawsuit, brought not by the Idaho Republican Party, but by a group of about 70 Republicans. The party doesn't support the lawsuit, which aims to close the GOP primaries.

Afterward, the attorney for the Republican plaintiffs sounded downcast — yet combative. Christ Troupis told the Associated Press that he sensed Williams wanted to dismiss his suit. But check out what style="text-decoration:underline;">Troupis told Betsy Russell of the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review.

Unless the primaries are closed to prevent independents and Democrats from voting, Troupis said, “We’re going to have lawsuits and challenges to the candidates who are elected and nominated in the primaries and their ability to run as Republican candidates, and that includes a candidate for the United States Senate. … We could throw the whole question of Idaho’s senator into question.”

Wow, what a mess this is shaping up to be.

I guess Idahoans have more reason to hope the lawsuit fails — aside from the fact that closed primaries disenfranchises independent voters that comprise about a third of the electorate. If this lawsuit fails, we will be treated to some great political theater. Are you bringing the popcorn, or do you want me to?

thanks Kevin

Quote by Rod Beck in Betsy's post is classic case of double-speak. Please check out my posts today under your twin guest editorials. A reply to suggestion to paper is welcome. regards.

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Please update Kevin Richert's photo in the Statesman. The online photo looks more recent.

Free solution!

Cut out Flat Kevin's Head, make a bookmark and cover the AHEM COUGH COUGH--LESSER Kevin.

OK ...

... now we're really debating the issues of the day ... ;-)

Kevin Richert
editorial page editor

Closed primaries

Seems to me that the goal of the Republicans is simply to get an honest cross-section of their party faithful when selecting candidates. I see nothing wrong with that.

I do, however, have a problem with them wanting the general taxpayers to pay for their private elections. If they're interested in having their candidates selected by the party faithful, go to a caucus system and make the attendees show their voter registrations to get in. Just don't ask me to pay for it.

(Another interesting point, at least to me, is that the party in power attempting to rig the election process to benefit themselves is a classic fascist state pathology. Hmmm... just like wanting to force women to stay home, 'right to work' labor laws, giving away the store to corporations, and an almost obsessive interest in the crimes and punishments of citizens. Wow!! Where are we?)

Next time...

don't drink so much tequila during karaoke and you'll remember. A hint--it's your computer : )