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  •  Idaho Dwellers? (3+ / 0-)
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    Are any of actually from Idaho or have visited Idaho recently?  As I've mentioned in previous posts, my mother-in-law, who is a Republican, is also very intelligent and college educated; in fact, she is a professor.  Her whole life she has voted Republican.  She has told me that she likes Obama and plans on voting for him in the general. (She thinks).

    This is so significant.  There are so many college educated Idahoans that want someone intelligent, articulate, and someone with a inclusive message.  You have no idea.  

    It's a very quiet community, they are farmers.  Even the wealthiest Idahoans don't flaunt their wealth.  I think they are very like Kansas.  I would not be surprised to see states like Kansas and Idaho lean for Barack. And don't forget what he promised to do for American Natives.  They aren't a huge voting block, but very symbolic.

    •  We drove from Seattle to Yellowstone (3+ / 0-)
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      last summer, and stopped in Wallace, Idaho both ways.  It's the most beautiful little forgotten village I've ever imagined.  There's a little Jesuit mission a few miles east, the farthest of the 19th century missions.  It's a park now, a historical site, and it's just lovely.  The people were friendly, the food was good, the coffee excellent, the river magical.  I'd love to go spend some time there, decompressing and remembering what life was like before it got so crazy.

      Tolle crucem, qui vis auferre coronam.

      by nwreader on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 06:05:05 PM PST

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      •  Wallace used to be the center of Idaho's (2+ / 0-)
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        vast silver mining area, the Coeur d' Alenes. They have been very smart about turning the town into a tourist site. A few decades ago, most "outsiders" went to Wallace for the houses of ill repute.

        "This is not our America and we need to take it back." John Edwards.

        by mcmom on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 09:44:48 PM PST

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        •  That's great (3+ / 0-)
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          I make my living on tourists and would do very well if the season where just a bit longer. As it is I'm happy enough. I live in Caldwell which was also a pretty wild place in it's early days. It's original name was Bugtown. I've never seen such a wide variety of mosquitoes. My favorite(snark)is the albino. You can't even see it until it fills up and turns red.

        •  but it didn't feel like a tourist town (0+ / 0-)

          it just felt quiet and peaceful.  My mom lives on the Oregon coast - let me tell you about nowhere towns that turned into tourist traps!  Wallace hasn't let it run away completely yet.  I really would like to go spend a week doing nothing. Painting, maybe, or knitting.

          Tolle crucem, qui vis auferre coronam.

          by nwreader on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 07:17:40 AM PST

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    •  I'm fifth generation (5+ / 0-)

      My family is from Norway. The people here are very nice. I remember that after civil rights legislation was passed we where invaded by southern racists who thought that Idaho must be paradise because virtually everyone here is white. We gave them jobs in the fields and as dish washers. We're pretty tolerant. They brought with them their drugs and alcohol, talked funny and flew their Union Jacks. They talked bad about Blacks and especially bad about MLK. I think they thought we would agree.

      A group was squatting in the local park in my hometown and eventually one of them got a local girl pregnant. They all rode motor cycles so one night a bunch of the local farm boys drove hay trucks to the park and ran over their bikes. They hitch-hiked out of town. I don't know who gave them rides.

      Yes, Idaho is conservative in a Norwegian farmer sort of way. But I know that a lot of the natives are very happy to see Obama do well.

      Unfortunately, many from the racist invasion stuck around. It hasn't been good for Idaho. Lou Dobbs says he's from Idaho, but the truth is, he was born in Texas. I wish his kind would have stayed away.

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