Idaho is known as the most "red" state in the nation. It's conservative, but we don't believe it's as conservative crazy as some people may think.
We believe that the vast majority of Idahoans are either moderately conservative Republicans or middle-of-the road independents.
The Democrats represent a significant minority in Idaho, but a minority, nevertheless.
And the Tea Party is a minority within the Republican Party, with overall numbers that probably don't match the number of Democrats in the state.
Which is why we are concerned when there are far too many choices on next Tuesday's ballot all across Idaho where the choice is either a Tea Party Republican or a Democrat. In that case, neither is likely to actually meet the philosophical needs of the majority of Idahoans. This conundrum carries over in various similar forms in a lot of states in the nation. We're not unique.
In effect, the political process has become so broken that candidates who actually come close to representing the majority of the voters aren't on the ballot. At the least, that leads to voter frustration. At the worst, some voters will go into the polling booths holding their noses and hoping for the best as they vote for someone they really don't want to elect but because they aren't given any better choice.
Somehow, the voters, not the parties, have to regain control of the candidate selection process.
In the meantime, we'll keep getting "hold your nose" elections like this one.
-- Kelly Everitt