The First Rule of Politics: Define your opponent before he defines himself.
Otter: Still Running After All These Years
If you haven't checked out IdaBlue lately, you really should. Alan over there has made some very good points on water policy and Butch Otter recently.
Earlier this week, undoubtedly as a direct result of the Thayn domestic violence fracas, Otter's office set domestic violence policy. As Alan observed, "I'd like to see Gov. Otter issue a policy with real teeth."
Such has been Otter's M.O. since he took office. Talk a good game, say the right things, but when it comes down to brass tacks offer nothing of substance. Whether the issue is water, transportation infrastructure, taxation, that nasty commute from Star to Boise, or this, the common thread is all talk, no action. Otter seems to have forgotten that there's a difference between being a libertarian and being a statist. Thus far, he's demonstrated he's clearly the latter.
It also goes to show how dysfunctional the Idaho Republicans have become. One one side you have true-believer do-gooder neophytes like Thayn, who want to legislate family values but can't seem to stay on message long enough to have any impact (even if they were onto something), and then you have folks like Otter, who's certainly been around long enough to know how things work, but for whatever reason doesn't do anything about it. The result is a big mess in the public sector.
People say I'm unorthodox for looking at running for governor three years early. Hell, Otter basically ran for governor for more like _30_ years. Now that he has it, what's he doing with it? That's a valid question if there ever was one.