Sunday, February 17, 2008

Idaho in the NYT: Mesmerizing, Banal

Posted on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The Gem State caught the eye of the editors and writers at the Sunday New York Times, and it was inspiring and dismaying, to say the least.

First off, in the Week in Review section, was a dispatch by Dave Eggers, about how the California primary. Eggers was stunned to learn that California seemed to be more conservative than Idaho, because Barack Obama picked up more percentage points in his caucus win here than he did in California.

Eggers unearthed a crusty old Idaho slogan to have fun with our state: "If Mrs. Clinton won by nine points in California and Mr. Obama won by 62 points in Idaho, does that make us 71 points more conservative than the 'Great Potatoes. Tasty Destinations' state?"

He adds that "No disrespect is meant toward that beautiful state, or its flabbergasting former slogan."

Too late, Dave, but thanks anyway.

In the Arts and Leisure section, a small blurb takes note of the opening of the Frederick Wiseman documentary State Legislature, which is showing at a film center in New York.

They even included a film still of former Idaho Speaker of the House Bruce Newcomb sitting with Senate President Robert Geddes.

"This is democracy in action from the ground up, wholly unheroic and absolutely mesmerizing," the Times writes.

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