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  •  Yes indeed. (0+ / 0-)

    Here in Idaho, Tuesday was a blood fight between the far right and the farther right- exactly the people you mentioned.

    They want all federal lands to be turned over to the states, want all state laws to be supreme, for sheriffs to be the ultimate law enforcement agents, for the constitutional amendment that allows popular voting for senators to be repealed, for all gun restrictions to be removed, and for all federal departments and agencies to be done away with.

    These folks may have been teabaggers once, in the movement's beginnings, but not any more. When all their stuff is boiled down, they now want anarchy, where it is every man for himself.

    The old-line teabaggers go along with a lot of this, but some of it has become too extreme for even them.

    They mostly lost here today, but they're not going to ever disappear. Everything from the John Birch Society, the Posse Commitatus movement, and the Sagebrush Rebellion has morphed into more extreme positions.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 03:56:48 PM PDT

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    •  In North Idaho, a Tea Party Rush to Victory (0+ / 0-)

      Two long-term GOP incumbents were tossed out of office when they lost to their Tea Party primary challengers:

      •  the sweetest defeat (0+ / 0-)

        was Lenore Barrett's loss.
        Barrett is the most extreme Representative I've seen, but after 22 years, I never gave anyone a chance against her.
        She went one step too far when she voted against the Idaho Wolf Control bill. Wolves are not loved by the voters in her district.

        Sorry to see her go, though… she was fast with a quip. When the Capital remodel was being considered, she opposed the need for an elevator large enough for a hospital gurney. The fact that several legislators had suffered heart attacks in the building didn't change her mind.
        "Hell. If I have a heart attack, just lower me out my window with a rope tied to my ankles."

        Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

        by Idaho07 on Wed May 28, 2014 at 08:30:29 AM PDT

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