Idaho power broker Phil Reberger talks to MSN about his GOP roots, party's failure to 'focus on governing'

Reberger is among the most powerful insiders in Idaho history, serving as chief of staff to former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and former U.S. Sen. Steve Symms. Now a lobbyist, he also has shaped policy as a board member of the Idaho State Building Authority, judge-nominating Idaho Judicial Council, Capitol City Development Corp., and Boise Airport.

Though Reberger has often shied from the spotlight, he agreed to appear in MSN's "Our Voices" series. The 3-minute video features Reberger in his office in Boise's Hoff Building, with cutaways of the Downtown scene.

Reberger, a retired Navy captain, describes how President Dwight Eisenhower and Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater solidified his loyalty to the GOP.

Of Gen. Eisenhower, Reberger says, "I thought it was really cool to have a hero soldier leading the party.''

Goldwater's 1964 "Conscience of a Conservative" campaign appealed to Reberger with a message that said, "just let freedom ring and life would be very good if you put your nose the to grindstone and worked hard."

But Reberger is critical of the current state of his party, saying, "There seems to be a tendency to spend too much time trying to figure out how to win the next election as opposed to the governing side. We're much better off when we're focused on governing as opposed to campaigning or politicking, and that's been the disconnect."

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"Reberger, a Navy captain, describes"

Dan, an edit is needed there.

Funny that a lobbyist is making negative editorial on the current state of politics.

Why edit needed?

Reberger is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy.

As in "Pimp2, a purveyor of Snickers, describes how his taste for M&M Mars candies led to his sales career."

Dan Popkey


He is a retired captain.
vs your implied message of being an active-duty captain.

It's like writing Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Sen. Steve Symms (without the former).

OK, I see: I'll add retired


Those roots are all grey now.


Celebrating five years and one screen ID >|<