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?