"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Blowback in the 1st

To the outsider there wasn’t really a significant difference between the views of Republican congressional candidates Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward – the idea of one as more “conservative” than the other seems to make little sense. But they did seem to represent sides of a divide, and that divide seems as real now, post primary, as it did before.

Some evidence of this shows up in a post – anonymous, but not unrelated to other signed pieces – circulating, called “Downfall of Ward signals downfall of GOP in Idaho.” It is, as one one e-mailer suggested, worth a look, and worth some pondering.

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