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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to On Energy Development, Hunters and Anglers Push Back

  1. avatar SmokyMtMan says:

    The Republican Party seems suicidal. Just when they need them the most, the Republican base is being ran over by the Bush administration’s pro-energy development policies.

    Well, you can’t give the republicans too much intellectual credit considering their leader is Bush.

    I think the republican Party will be marginalized for a long time to come. And that is reason to celebrate.

  2. avatar Monty says:

    SmokyMtnMan: I hope you are right. But as you probably know one definity of insanity: “is to keep doing the same things over & over again & expecting different results”. The democratics can still lose the next election because of the ‘Obama/Hillary thing’. And the middleclass keeps voting republican while descending into the working poor.

  3. avatar SmokyMtMan says:

    I expect that McCain will win the Presidency, because as you say the ‘Obama/Hillary thing’ has become very negative for both of the Democratic candidates. McCain has great pull with independents, and he is currently getting a long, free ride.

    I also expect the Democrats to increase their majorities in the senate and the House.

    The way the election process is progressing for Obama/Hillary, it makes me think of the old saying that “Democrats never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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