Idaho: An Ironic Defeat

"I'll just head for my cabin at Lake Fork to do some fishing," said Governor Robert E. Smylie the morning after, "and chew on the grass, I guess." Bob Smylie, 51, had a lot to chew on. The dean of the nation's Governors, he had given Idaho twelve years of progressive Republican leadership that attracted industry, reorganized the state-parks system, streamlined the state government and, in the process, established himself as something of a national figure, particularly in his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Yet Idaho's Republican voters had...

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