Last week, while on The Austin Hill Show (KIDO 580 am 3pm-6pm) on a break between debates, I told my good friend and frequent opponent in TV and radio debate, Andy Hedden-Nicely, founder of The Boise Weekly, that a few years ago, I founded the Progressive Conservative movement in Idaho. Not too unlike the ruling Progressive Conservative party in Great Britain that regained Thatcher's mantle, this is an idea whose time has come...
He looked at me, chuckled and then paused before he respnded.
He said: "I think I have somewhat become a conservative progressive..."
I laughed out oud.
Yet the truth is, maybe we're both correct. When we grow older, we see things more clearly. Principles remain the same, application of those principles can tend to change.
It's obvious - but allow me to state it here - ideas matter. They cause people's lives to change.
"Dennis, my good man, Ideas have consequences", my friend Ralph Smeed often said to me and to many others.
Yet, in Idaho Republican Politics, ideas can take a back seat to the sheer acquisition (and holding) of power in the mathematics of "other" equations.
Equation #2 - The converse equation seems to be in many people's minds: You + Others = Lack of Me + Mine.
The math is wacky. Both equations, that is.
So, when we review the GOP Lawsuit, don't think of it as Equation #1 as applying to a political party (Though it sounds like it ought to be). No, it is NOT applicable to the GOP. The reason? It's a dirty little secret...do you really want to know?
Ok, here goes: Equation #1 ONLY APPLIES TO ALREADY ELECTED GOP/DEM OFFICIALS. Others, either attempting to get them out...or to enter into open seats without their imprimatur, need not apply.
And the bottom line? People in power want to maintain power. Period. Since open primaries began 37 years, they became a means to an end - to keep the power of the incumbent.
This lawsuit strikes to the very heart of that cloistered, buddy-club thing of certain elected officials. Currently, it's not an open primary for the sake of some folks allowing "everyone" their right to vote. Are you kidding me?
It's an open primary to allow the conservatives who are moving forward ("progressing, progressive", get it...) to NOT be allowed to do so.
And THAT'S what's at stake. An open primary allows those who only wish to be elected to do so by any voter possible. Not cool...