You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me, Dave Rye


The last time quasi-public figure Dave Rye said something incredibly stupid he professed ignorance that anyone could possibly find the remarks offensive. After all, he had just claimed that a Montanan who had given his life in Iraq wasn’t smart enough to have written an editorial criticizing the direction of the war because it used big words.

I wonder if he might understand how his latest foray into stupidity might be offensive:

When the Primary had three actual educators running against a professional Indian, you thought one of the educators might get the nomination for the OPI job?

Surely you know the Democratic Party better than that!

A professional Indian? I know that, in conservative circles, cheap shots about identity politics pass for witty discourse, but maybe a journalist like Mr. Rye claims to be should actually know something. The people who voted for Denise Juneau voted for her because she was the most qualified candidate in an impressive field. The Democrats were fortunate enough to have four qualified candidates running for Superintendent.  That’s certainly four more than the Republicans had to offer.

Dave Rye? Professional ass.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an 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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