You are here: home   Blogs   RNC '08   The future of the Idaho GOP?
RNC '08

The future of the Idaho GOP?

Document Actions
Tip Jar Donation

Your donation supports independent non-profit journalism from High Country News.

robinglis | Sep 02, 2008 08:45 PM

Brett

I have seen the future of the Idaho Republican party. His name is Brett Peterson, he's a 24-year-old student at BYU-Idaho, and he's in favor of more domestic oil and gas drilling. So much in favor of it that he showed up at the Democratic convention with a group of college Republicans who proceeded to drown out Nancy Pelosi's main energy speech with chants of "Drill here, drill now."

Brett says he ended up front and center in the well-viewed YouTube video of the incident. After watching it, I can't figure out which of the protesters he is, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He says that people have walked up to him at RNC-related receptions to congratulate him on his performance.

I suppose this is the point at which I should make a snide comment about Brett, and perhaps college Republicans in general. But you know what? Brett was a really nice guy. A little awkward, suffering from minor delusions of Youtube grandeur, but utterly sincere. He says he wants to "keep moving up and stay in politics my whole life."

When nice young guys like Brett are showing up to shout down alternative-energy proposals, progressives in the West should know they've got work to do.

 

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. Rancher vs BLM: a 20-year standoff ends with tense roundup |
  2. Photos of a standoff | Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to pro...
  3. Why homes are lost to wildfire | This Forest Service expert says it's as much a soc...
  4. The energy haves and have-nots | Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and...
  5. The future of the Sacramento Delta hangs in the balance | But few Californians seem to grasp what is at stak...
  1. Why homes are lost to wildfire | This Forest Service expert says it's as much a soc...
  2. Photos of a standoff | Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to pro...
  3. The energy haves and have-nots | Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and...
  4. Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more? | Photographs of last month's historic water pulses....
  5. Locals resist a Bakkenization of the Beartooths | South-central Montanans oppose new drilling, forew...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone