This oughta throw a wrench in things. Eye on Boise is reporting that the state of Idaho, with an affidavit from Republican Party Chair, Kirk Sullivan, has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the group of 70 Republican Party members led by former state senator Rod Beck. The suit was filed against the state of Idaho, hoping to force the Secretary of State to close the primary.
This new motion claims that the group has no legal standing to bring the suit. Kirk Sullivan writes to the group's lawyer:
“I appreciate that individually, your clients may feel like they are advancing the cause for Republicans everywhere, but it is inappropriate for them to individually or collectively state that they represent or speak on behalf of the Idaho Republican Party or the Idaho Republican State Central Committee, and indeed it is legally impossible for them to do so."
The group that brought the suit, called Grassroots Idaho GOP, has not yet responded to this new motion, but in a recent post on the website they indicate that the move was not unexpected.
On Friday, Kevin Richert from the Idaho Statesman posted that some in the group have given up on subtlety and are blatantly calling this attempt to close the primary what is is—a purge. He quotes from Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance:
"The practical effect of the implementation of this rule is that it will be easier for pro-family candidates to survive GOP primaries, and harder for Republicans-in-name-only to get into office," Fischer says.
What does it mean when the most conservative wing of the most conservative party in the most conservative state in the Union indicates that the party isn't conservative enough? It means that they have rushed like sheep to the edge of the conservative cliff and are just about to go over—and they are taking the entire Idaho Republican Party with them.
It remains to be seen if the sane wing of the party can turn the herd around.