May 15th, 2014
09:52 PM ET
3 months ago

Cowboys, political correctness, and a bizarre GOP debate

(CNN) - Conservative voters in Idaho were expecting a choice between the Republican establishment favorite and a Tea Party challenger.

Instead, they were treated to a master class in absurdity.

Wednesday's Idaho gubernatorial debate, broadcast by Idaho Public Television featured four candidates: incumbent Republican Gov. Butch Otter, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, Walt Bayes, and Harley Brown. The term "candidate" can best be applied very, very loosely to the latter two.

Bayes and Brown seemed the product of a casting call for The Onion than future political officer holder, both boasting beards befitting Civil War reenacters. Bayes, clad in a brown cowboy shirt that conjured images of bygone Boy Scout uniforms, alternatively touted having spent multiple stints in jail and vowing to shoot would-be aggressors.

The father of 16 proudly announced he had helped raise four "pro(fessional) rodeo cowboys."

For his part, Brown, donning full biker regalia, expressed his distaste political correctness.

"It sucks. It's bondage," Brown said.

When describing the choice Idaho voters face in the upcoming Republican primary, Brown put it this way:

"A cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker, or a normal guy. Take your pick."


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    What does the democrats look like? Lol

    May 15, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. smith1

    gotta love it. This from the very red state that comes in last or almost last on everything. Education ,welfare minimum wag most low paying jobs.

    May 15, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. just me

    Lol, what, no indian chief?

    May 16, 2014 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  4. Thomas

    Harley Brown , we need more bikers that know how to dress , the suit makes the man .

    Idaho is known for fashion and Potatoes . And nobody wears black gloves like Harley.

    May 16, 2014 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People teatards walk the plank toward another November. Clown car 2014!

    May 16, 2014 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  6. Leif

    All of a sudden Sarah Palin sounds almost rational. Almost.

    May 16, 2014 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  7. Marie MD

    The teaklans are going more nutsos on us and themselves. The koch brothers should be proud to have raised such fine citizens.

    May 16, 2014 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    The republican tent is expanding to include reality challenged, the mentally challenged, and those still living in the 1880s.

    May 16, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    -they debate with cowboys? No wonder GOP is in biggest mess with half-brains.

    May 16, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  10. Norma Vessels

    They just keep coming out of the woodwork, don't they. :-)

    May 16, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. more bs

    does this mean that whichever one screams "obama bad" the loudest is the frontrunner?

    May 16, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    This is definitely not the party of Reagan anymore. Poor Saint Ronnie would have been run out of town on a rail.... Especially with that thick dark hair of his....

    If this is setting the tone for the GOP debates let me get the Margaritas ready so I can LMBAO!!😄😄

    Comedy at its best!!

    May 16, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Do you see other nations exercise voting right more than USA? Voter reform needed here–not redistricting for suppress like NC. Watch out these thugs.

    May 16, 2014 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    People be proud. This is what happens when you welcome hatred in your midst.

    I must say thank you Mr. President! Your election and subsequent reelection brought them all out into the spotlight, and they are now exposed for the entire world to see their bass ackardness.

    Today's GOP wouldn't have Lincoln or St. Ronnie anywhere near them.

    May 16, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. dbo

    Idaho, birth place of Palin, enough said.

    May 16, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Name David

    "Bizarre GOP" is redundant.

    May 16, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Elbert

    What about all the debates featuring the great witticisms of Joe Biden? Any reportage on that, CNN?

    May 16, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I guarantee you Ehlbert you won't see this on Faux news.

    May 16, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Sip That Kool Aid, It's All You're Good For.

    If this crap keeps up, only the zanies will want to call this home. More and more will renounce their citizenship. just to breathe fresh air.

    May 16, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "For his part, Brown, donning full biker regalia, expressed his distaste political correctness."

    Rand Paul donning full baseball regalia or Harley Brown donning full biker regalia. Not impressive either way you look at it. Not to me anyway.

    One in the same "look at me" egos vying for media attention.

    May 16, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. smith1

    aside from palin and the KKK Idaho has done nothing news worthy in years. And neither of those where good. Governor Andrus a democrat was the best governor we have had in many years, Now it is looney tunes and racist.PL DUI Otter is a big land owner who pays next to nothing in taxes, Claiming his land is farm land The average Idahoan is poorly educated and thinks fox is real news and all democrats are after their guns.

    May 16, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |