Labrador and Simpson meet, but kiss-and-make-up seems unlikely

After their highly publicized dustup over whether Rep. Raul Labrador was disloyal and compromised his effectiveness by refusing to vote for the leader of his party and Rep. Mike Simpson's pal, Speaker John Boehner, Idaho's only House members have met face-to-face.

"I have talked to him," Labrador told me Thursday night after his town meeting on immigration at Meridian City Hall.

Did you mend fences? I asked.

"I don't talk about private discussions," replied a chilly Labrador, keeping the lid on his simmer.

Simpson, meanwhile, was the only member of the four-man, all-GOP delegation to duck an interview on a story I'm working on for Monday about the prospects for immigration reform.

My guess: After Simpson's blowup in the face of counsel to the contrary, he doesn't want to risk saying anything that might be seen as a knock on Labrador, whose expertise is immigration. Despite his snub of Boehner, Labrador got the Judiciary Committee assignments he sought, where he can play the delegation's most significant role on immigration.

Simpson's spokeswoman, Nikki Watts, didn't even reply to my five written questions. Instead, she provided a wait-and-see-what-the-legislation-brings answer and a tip of the hat to Labrador. "He is anxious to see what Congressman Labrador and his other colleagues put together so he can evaluate it," Watts said of the boss.

Simpson also may not wish to add fuel to the tea party fire that burns bright for Labrador, as evidenced by the standing ovation he received as he walked into the room Thursday night. Simpson remains aligned with the GOP's Main Street wing, which includes Gov. Butch Otter.

Labrador just might have the huevos to challenge Gov. Caballero for re-election in 2014, or run in his absence.

Perhaps Simpson and the GOP establishment have decided raising the insurgent Labrador's profile by calling him out was a misstep.

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In this case

I think Nikki Watts is right in keeping it general at this point. Congressman Labrador's response seems typical if accurately portrayed. I hope he possesses sufficient judgement to match his emotions although so far I am not impressed. If these two are going to fight, I'd prefer they do it in private. We'll get more than enough information from their votes.

"After their highly

"After their highly publicized dustup over whether Rep. Raul Labrador was disloyal and compromised his effectiveness by refusing to vote for the leader of his party and Rep. Mike Simpson's pal, Speaker John Boehner"

Oh, you mean mr. CAVE as he is known among us conservatives? Labrador did the right thing by NOT voting for him.
https://www.teapartycommunity.com/

What you meant to say was …

Labrador did the right thing by not bothering to vote because little girls who don't get their way refuse to play.
Don't forget a Valentine for your sweetie, Redneck.

Labrador prefers to hold his nose

until he turns blue. A poor excuse for someone who actually has to govern.

Labrador is laughable

Labrador is nothing but a grandstanding loser that has the blind following minions hood winked.

2cts, well written a s s e s

2cts, well written a s s e s s ment politely conveyed.

Don't swear, Rose.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Popkey, you're stooping to new lows.

Who is Gov. Caballero and what are Labrador's "huevos"? Extremely disrespectful on your part, (especially towards Gov. Otter) but unfortunately, I'm not surprised. I'm becoming more disappointed in you as time goes by. Think about it, if you're capable......Sunny...

Sunny side down

Your refinements are revoltingly hypercritical and uncharacteristic of your usual deep thoughts.

I agree...

.. it can be humorous when uttered by the "man on the street". But I would think that Idaho's lone political columnist would have the sense to keep it real. As much as I agree with the sentiment of it, a poor sense of judgement, nonetheless and a lack of journalistic integrity. It diminishes YOUR "huevos", Dan.

Popkey is not Idaho's lone

Popkey is not Idaho's lone political columnist. You need to expand your news media sources. Try Betsy at Spokesman Review's Eye on Boise. Good articles.

I thought they were closing remarks here.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Labrador: None too bright

Best account of Labrador's ultra-clever attempt at a coup:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-04/john-boehners-hapless-tea-party-opposition#r=hp-lst

Trust me... it's worth reading! Absolutely hilarious...

Wow, you are right!

Amazingly inept action from Conressman L. He'd better learn from that or he will be rendered ineffective in Congress. It may be too late.

I want the few minutes of my life returned to me

The story was far less exciting than you reported. Don't bother.

Agree it was not earth shaking

It does show a nievety - a kind description - in managing a power play. Keep that up and Congressman L will be rendered ineffective if that isn't the case already.

Don Juan ain't no Govenor

The "MOUTH" will get killed if he tries to run for governor. His tea party style is already fading Nationally as the conservatives understand they must change their tune to get things done. But not Raul....

Pure gossip

Good Lord, Danny Boy. You keep slipping lower and lower. When do you plan to retire? Soon, I hope.