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Dennis Rehberg: Slow Reader or Thinker?

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Rather than engage in substantive debate, Representative Rehberg has called for a thirty day waiting period after every stage of the health care debate. For the past few months, I’ve assumed that this was nothing more than the garden-variety talking point conservative obstructionism that has characterized Rehberg’s tenure in Washington, but today, I am less certain that’s the case.

It may just be that Representative Rehberg isn’t a terribly quick thinker. It’s not just health care. Today, at a town hall in Townsend, he told the crowd that he still hasn’t made up his mind about another major piece of legislation for Montanans, Senator Tester’s wilderness bill:

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg said Tuesday he is still evaluating a plan from Sen. Jon Tester that aims to both expand wilderness and increase logging in Montana.

Let’s see. Senator Tester only introduced the bill 4 months ago. Aren’t four Rehberg units enough time to come to a decision?

Slow thinker? Panderer? Definitely not a leader.

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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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