We would like to thank Ammon Bundy for making this important run for governor as it takes a lot of courage and faith to go up against a political machine as powerful as the one, we have in Idaho. The media will never acknowledge that Ammon has done something very important for the independent voters of Idaho but to us, he was a gladiator in an arena of hungry lions. There is only one other election in Idaho’s history where an Independent received a larger percentage of votes than Ammon Bundy and that was in 1920 when Sherman D. Fairchild ran as an independent and garnered 28,752 votes for 20.11% of the vote. Ammon’s final total was 101,568 or 17.17% with a total of 591,528 votes. This was quite a showing for someone who was as controversial as he was and only three quarters of a million dollars to run his campaign.
The Democratic candidate only received 18,515 votes more than Mr. Bundy which tells us that there were probably many Democrats that crossed over and voted for Brad Little just as they did in the primary when 31,000 democrats crossed party lines. It is also interesting to note that in the 2018 election 231,081 votes were cast for democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan so where did the other 111,000 votes go this year. Well if we look at the number of registered unaffiliated there are 280,000 which is double the total number of registered democrats (130,000) and half the number of republicans (580,000) There are 1 million registered voters in Idaho yet only 600,000 came out to vote in this election. It is clear to us that many democrats but even more unaffiliated registered voters cast their vote for Little as they realize the democratic candidate never had a chance and Little is the closest thing to a democrat that they were going to get.
We also believe that a good many of the 150,000 newly registered republicans since 2018 were more likely to vote for Little. These new residents knew little about Bundy except what they read in the liberal media, so we have to believe they went for the candidate with an R next to his name as bad habits are hard to break. It is pretty easy to see why Brad won this race, but it is also clear to us that his shift to the left gained him some strong democratic and unaffiliated support and that along with the power of IACI he was handed this election on a silver platter.
Brad did very little campaigning and didn’t put out any TV ads till the last two weeks before the election as he and his elitist buddies were confident that this election was “in the bag” and so it was. Many of the newbie voters said they were concerned that if they voted for Bundy that it would give the Democrats an opportunity to steal the election but as we have said it would have been impossible for the democrats to win even if there was an even split of republicans for Bundy and Little as the democrats still wouldn’t have enough votes to win the election with out a strong participation from the unaffiliated.
It is so important for citizens to be informed about what is happening in their state but unfortunately, too many of them are influenced by the liberal media and the influence of big tech like Google and Social Media sites. A recent Forbes article discusses the influence that big tech and social media have on elections.
Forbes pointed out that According to new research from NordVPN, seven in ten Americans (70%) surveyed said they fear Twitter bots could sway or influence the election, while 62% of respondents believe voter misinformation/disinformation is even undermining democracy. What was surprising in this election is that Governor Little refused to debate any of the opposing candidates. Why did he refuse to debate? He did not want to chance opening any doors that might be critical of his handling of the Covid crisis which is one of the primary reasons that we saw Ammon Bundy take 17% of the vote. In any case, we now will have 4 more years of big government with IACI steering the governor where they want to go. That will mean more wasted money on government programs for those who don’t qualify to receive them, and more money spent on education with no promise of any real improvement in our children’s education. To be sure it will also mean higher taxes and continued bad infrastructure as our cities become more congested than ever before.
There were a couple of bright spots in this election as we elected many new senators most of whom we believe will give a conservative majority to the senate although we still have too many RINOs feeding at the government trough. The election of Raul Labrador will definitely be a positive as this is a man who cannot be bribed by the IACI cabal and a man who does not take goodies from the lobbyists. Maybe he will start holding our many state agencies accountable for their actions and spending habits. A good start would be a forensic audit of the Dept. of Health and Welfare and the Dept. of Education whose budgets have taken off like Hot Air Balloons in a windstorm.
All in all, I think that with the new conservatives elected to our senate and Raul Labrador at the helm of the AG’s office along with the passing of SJR102 we should feel somewhat comfortable that there will be no radical changes in Idaho for the next 4 years although I doubt that the RINOs will be able to contain themselves after winning the governor’s seat by such a large margin. Like I always say, “We Get the Government We Deserve”