by Jordyn Price
Tuesday night's election results confirmed a deeply and often stubbornly divided electorate. But some of the most enlightening perspectives of the evening's events didn't necessarily come from those who voted.
A number of children added to the festive atmosphere Tuesday night at the Idaho Democratic Headquarters, which had set up camp at the Boise Hotel and Convention Center. Ranging in age from 3 to 13, each of the children offered their own opinion about the evening's results.
In fact, when asked who they would elect president (if their options were limitless), their answers included the usual suspects but also included everyone from their grandmother to Mickey Mouse.
Among the nonvoters, 13-year-old Madeleine McLean had some answers wise beyond her years.
Sporting a T-shirt with the phrase "Idaho says NO to replacing teachers with laptops," McLean explained her concern over Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Though she is still five years away from being able to vote, she indicated an educated interest in the controversial propositions in question.
McLean stated, "My mom got me this shirt yesterday, and it's for Props 1, 2 and 3. And I think that's important because I would rather learn from a teacher than from a laptop."
While young McLean left us with a few surprising pieces of wisdom, other kiddos in the mix provided us with humor. Carter Durst, the 4-year-old son of Idaho Democratic Senate candidate (and one of the evening's big winners) Branden Durst, indicated who he would vote for if only he were 14 years older.
"I would vote for Mitt Romney, because I like his hair," proclaimed Carter Durst.
While the young Durst's answer might cause some debate (and laughter) at the dinner table, for us, it was living proof that kids really do say the darndest things.