What happens next?
A common postmortem theme. What mandate with Republicans take from Tuesday's blowout wins? And whither (or is it wither?) the Idaho Democratic Party?
I wrote a bit about both topics in my Thursday column.
• From Lewiston Tribune editorial writer Marty Trillhaase: "Politicians are not a particularly introspective lot. They don’t typically look for nuance. When it comes to elections, they hear what they want to hear.
"The mandate (Gov. Butch) Otter and the GOP are reading right now goes like this: Don’t raise taxes. Under any circumstances.
"Even if the state budget falls another $300 million short next year.
"Even if it means cutting schools again.
"Even if it mandates slashing colleges and universities.
"Even if it translates into abandoning Idaho’s most vulnerable citizens."
• From Adam Graham, a conservative blogger who writes for the Idaho Press-Tribune: "There is no Democratic bench. There is no Democratic new hope. While it seems possible that Democrats may be able to make a case for a change of parties in the Governor's mansion in 2014, the question is, 'Who will make it?' The answer appears to be, 'No one who can win.'"
• From The Times-News, Twin Falls: " What does it all mean? Look for a very conservative 61st Idaho Legislature — which convenes in 10 weeks — and a governor who just received a ringing mandate to continue his tightfisted ways.
"How loud a mandate? In Jerome County, for example, where 58 percent of registered voters cast ballots in turnout nearly unprecedented for a non-presidential year, two-thirds said yes to Butch."
• From Marc Johnson, who served as former Gov. Cecil Andrus' chief of staff, and is now president of Gallatin Public Affairs: "There was nothing anti-incumbent about this election. It was anti-Democrat. Idaho is painted deep RED today and it is likely to stay that way for a long, long time."
One candidate's secret
• Former GOP congressional candidate Dennis Mansfield — a volunteer for congressional candidate Raul Labrador during the May primary — blogged about the secret of Labrador's success: "Raul Labrador's secret to winning this race appears to be that he simply believes in himself...and because he believes in himself, his bride and family joined him in that belief ... and then an ever-increasing series of 'rings' widened out ... believers who voted for him.
"Voters who believed in him."
A confusing new law
• The Idaho Press-Tribune offered a well-stated editorial today about the state's new voter ID law. Signs at some polling places said — incorrectly — that an ID was required to vote: "It’s quite probable that some voters who don’t have photo ID saw the signs, figured they weren’t allowed to vote and went home. There also have been reports of people who were actually turned away at polling places because they didn’t have identification.
"If even one person did not end up voting because of confusion on their part or the part of an election official, that’s one person too many."
... And, playing the victim's role ...
• David Frazier, the photographer and activist who led the fight against three constitutional amendments on long-term public debt, took to his blog to issue a statement infused with the juice of sour grapes:
“I learned it is impossible to battle the might of government, regardless of the nobility of one’s cause. My only regret is that I didn’t get a commission on the advertising purchased by the proponents.”
This from a guy who campaigned on the right of the people to vote — which they did on Tuesday, ratifying the amendments.