Stay classy, Mikey!

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This is being well-covered elsewhere, but I wanted to make a couple of observations about Republican Leader Mikey Lange’s ignorance-heavy rant to the other jokers in the Republican caucus today…

  • If I burst out in my classroom like that, I’d be fired. Straight up. Best of all, if I were the one in trouble, idiots like Lange would lead the charge against me rambling some nonsense about "polluting our youth with your obscene language!"
  • It’s a sad day when the Montana Public Radio news has to warn that the top story from the Legislature isn’t appropriate for children.
  • Like every other misstep from Republicans this session, they refuse to apologize or even admit fault. Get ginned up and drive drunk? Well, I only had a few beers…gosh! Ignore the legal requirement to register your call? Gee! I thought I had done that!
  • I am not sure where I am with the Governor’s cool, calm response. I don’t think I would praise someone as a good family man when Daddy is on the floor of a public forum using language that would get you a fine with the FCC.

The bottom line for me is that Lange’s argument doesn’t even make sense. He claimed today that Schweitzer’s offer to exchange support for their tax bill was a "bribe" and that he would keep his dignity. I am not sure if Mr. Lange understands politics or the nature of this session, but unless these types of deals are struck, the Legislature will remain at an impasse.

What did you think would happen, Mikey? The Democrats would say "Gee, you were right! We’ll just vote for you without getting anything in return!" Under Lange’s logic, Democrats would be trading in on their dignity.

Update: The local news has the story.  Note the bleeping.

I certainly hope that the good people of Billings think twice before sending a chucklehead like Lange to the legislature in 2009. More importantly, I hope Montana voters think twice before voting for a Republican Legislative candidate in 2008. Remember, Lange was picked by the Republicans to be their leader this session.

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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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