Things I Enjoy: Conservative Columnists Telling Us What Plays Well in Montana


In an article that otherwise could very well be comprised entirely of the scraps of a Jason Klindt press release, the National Review’s Byron York explains what issues play well in Montana:

On Thursday, Burns got the biggest help of all, when President Bush visited Billings, drawing a big, enthusiastic crowd. The president got a lot of applause when he emphasized — pretty late in the game for some GOP strategists — the issue of federal judges and what would happen to the confirmation process should Democrats win control of the Senate. “I want you to hear this loud and clear,” Bush told the crowd. “If the Democrats controlled the Senate, John Roberts would not be the chief justice today. He’d still be waiting for the Democrats to give him a hearing for his seat on the Court of Appeals. If the people of Montana want good judges, judges who will not legislate from the bench, judges like John Roberts and Sam Alito, you vote for Conrad Burns for the United States Senate.” That’s the kind of message that works well in Montana.

I’m not sure that judges are an issue that Senator Burns really should want brought to the forefront, given this report from the Center for Investigative Reporting that Shane highlighted last night:

On February 12, 2001, a day before Montana’s senators recommended Haddon to the White House for the federal bench, Sen. Burns registered $1,000 contributions from both Haddon and his wife, Betty Haddon. Sam Haddon, who was a member of the Bush for President Montana Steering Committee in 2000, submitted a request to be considered for the judgeship to Sen. Burns after Bush won the presidency. Burns, who had recently been reelected to a six-year term when he received the 2001 contributions, also received $2,000 each from both Haddon and his wife during his 2000 campaign. Overall, Haddon gave Burns $5,000 from 1989-2001, about half of the nearly $10,000 he gave to Republicans during that period. 

That Conrad is one classy guy. Vote for a change.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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