• From style="text-decoration:underline;"> Bryan Fischer at the Idaho Values Alliance: "Note in particular the utter lack of sympathy for Rep. Thayne (sic) and his family from someone who fancies himself the very embodiment of liberal compassion.
"Thus the Statesman’s editors hypocritically and shamelessly transgress what they claim is their own standard for the conduct of public officials — that what happens in their personal lives and the lives of their families is nobody’s business and irrelevant to the debate over public policy.
"Other pro-family lawmakers can falter in their support of the work of their colleagues in the face of such mean-spirited and malicious attacks, think that somehow the Statesman’s editors are speaking for the majority of Idahoans, and grant them a de facto heckler’s veto over any family-friendly legislation they don’t happen to like. But of course nobody elected the editors of the Idaho Statesman to establish public policy for the Gem State."
• From Republican blogger style="text-decoration:underline;">Adam Graham: "(Damon Thayn) may have to end up leaving the state (though that would be a rather extreme outcome.) The damage to Damon Thayn will hurt his wife and child — who did nothing to merit it.
"And why? Because at the end of the day, Kevin Richert and the Idaho Statesman didn’t care about what was responsible or ethical. All they wanted was to hurt Steve Thayn, and they didn’t care who else got hurt in the process.
"I went to college to study journalism and had an offer for a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Montana, which has one of the finest journalism schools in the country. It’s at times like this that I’m glad I turned them down. If this is what 'professional journalism' is, I’m glad not to have any part of it."
• From online respondent eeckles: "Liberals love to hear themselves talk or in Richert's case type. It amazes me they don't get tired of using so much energy to say nothing. It does seem like the brainwashing that takes place in our public education system through elementary, secondary, and college schooling somehow destroys the mind's ability to think logically or understand basic concepts of reality. I'm sure Richert's parents are embarrassed to have raised someone so mentally bankrupt."