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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