Blue and Red All Over 

Longtime Bill Cope readers will no doubt recognize Red right off the bat in this week's Cope column. The character with a funny way of saying just about every word in the English language chases his own tail in opining on gay marriage in reference to fast-food chain Chick-fil-A's recent media attention. Red is over the top, intentionally so, and at times, it's difficult to imagine anyone--even in the smallest and most conservative of Idaho's towns--being so nonsensical, not just in speech but in logic, as well.

However, a piece published at boiseweekly.com over the weekend from international news wire GlobalPost makes me think twice.

GlobalPost reporter Jean MacKenzie is traveling Highway 12, chatting up voters in rural America, and recently stopped in Deary, Harvard and Kendrick--the collective population of which doesn't even hit 1,000. In Deary, MacKenzie finds two locals bending an elbow, one of whom offered this statement about the election: "We got to change rulers in this country," said Bill. "Ain't nothin' gettin' done this way." His friend followed up with the sort of comment that incenses Idahoans left of center saying: "Yup. The whole state feels that way." Cope could have written dialogue just like that for Red without it seeming even a hair out of character.

MacKenzie's story, which you can read by navigating to the News section at boiseweekly.com, is titled, "What's the Matter With Idaho?" and the story's subhead proffers a hypothesis: Idaho is a blue collar state that's politically red.

If you're a diehard print reader, you may occasionally see GlobalPost material reprinted in these pages, but online you'll find new GlobalPost material almost daily, including extensive coverage of the Olympic games, updates on the Syrian conflict, and what's being called by some the new normal in the global food crisis.

The final word this week? Best of Boise, of course. Voting is still happening at boiseweekly.com.

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