The Funniest And Wackiest GOP Primary Debate In History

by
Sameera Ehteram
Those who watched the GOP gubernatorial primary debate in Idaho are still wondering if they saw a comedy skit.

Several hours after the event, they are still confused.

The debate featured Gov. Butch Otter, running for a third term, his tea party challenger, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, and two other candidates – namely Walt Bayes and Harley Brown.

Thanks to the latter two candidates, Gov. Otter and Fulcher were sidelined and became more like spectators rather than contenders for the office of governor. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the Santa Claus (Walt Bayes) and biker (Harley Brown) lookalikes stole the show from the seasoned politicians.  

God told Harley Brown he was going to be the president.

If you think that’s whack, better listen to what Bayes had to say. Words will only cause confusion so here are both the intros:

“I honestly think half of the Republican Party is Democrats, and half of the Democratic Party is Communists,” declared Bayes.

Some of Harley Brown’s statements deserved to go down in history. Here are some gems:

 “Taxes are a drag. I don’t even like to think about it.”

“I’ve got a master’s in raising hell.”

 “I’m about as politically correct as your proverbial turd in a punch bowl.”

People had a field day watching the debate:

Carrie Dann and Mark Murray of NBC sum it up perfectly, ‘What happens when you put a sitting governor, a biker named "Harley" and a man with a fantastic Santa Claus beard on stage together? Answer: This astonishing hour-long Idaho GOP primary debate, which included racial jokes, a nuclear conspiracy theory, and such spicy biographical details as that time one candidate was "livin in Fat Jack's cellar."’

So in the words of Harley Brown, "Folks, you have a choice: A cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker or a normal guy. Take your pick."

If this has piqued your interest, go ahead and watch the entire debate here.

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