There's been a dust up over at 43rd State Blues. It started here with a post by Sisyphus, but got nasty when Binkyboy levied a personal insult against Julie Fanslow. Some soul searching by one of the site's owners here, and a long discussion of 43rd's philosophy and a bit of navel gazing here. TVA wrote in a comment that he was done with 43rd State Blues. TUBOB likened the controversy to a tempest in a teapot. Worth a read.
Also, when viewed from a bit of distance (I tumbled onto the dispute a bit late, having been decisively engaged for the last week) it reveals something about Minnick and Idaho blue politics. And that is, his DINOness is causing a schism on the left.
There are two camps. One is, as long as he's got a D by his name, I'll support him. The other is, I voted for him because I wanted to elect a Democrat.
The first camp says, Walt's not really doing any harm by voting R so often. Dems in Congress have sufficient adequate majorities so they don't need his vote. Also, they argue, being a D means he has access that he can use to help his Idaho constituents. Finally, having him there means Idahoans get exposed to a conservadem, will see that a person can be a D and still be conservative, and perhaps be more willing to give other Ds a chance.
The second camp says, yes, Walt is conservative, we knew that, but he's going too far. He's to the right of Bill Sali, fer cryin' out loud. He's a darling of the Club for Growth, and he's the most conservative member of the Northwest delegation, even counting Republicans. Most damning, he's not supporting the signature issue of the moment, one he said he'd support; health care reform. He's a Johnny One Note, viewing everything narrowly through the lens of federal spending.
Well, there it is. Two camps. Walt has succeeded in doing something that lately the Republicans haven't been able to do; he's divided Idaho Democrats.