My Endorsement for the GOP Candidate for President


Given the national media’s apparent interest in the endorsements of former fringe candidates for public office and that I ran to become Montana’s governor at least as credibly as Christine O’Donnell ran to become one of Delaware’s senators, it only seems appropriate that I offer my endorsement today for the best GOP candidate for President:

It’s time for the Republican Party to stop embracing candidates who want to weaken the social safety net, especially when they have a candidate who has already tried to destroy it. It’s time to elect a man who puts the Id in the Republican Party’s idiocy and the dick in their Dickens.

That candidate is Newt Gingrich.

When Republicans have a candidate who unabashedly argues that millionaires should pay fewer taxes while children should work longer hours, the choice seems clear.

ABC, get in touch.

P.S. Lest anyone think I am not serious, I’d suggest my endorsement makes more sense than that of Ms. O’Donnell, who wrote of her preferred candidate, Mitt Romney:

He has been consistent since he changed his mind.

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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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  • “Children working longer hours”?

    How ’bout children not working at all? And who’s fault is that? The party that raised the minimum wage perhaps?

  • Have any of the GOP made the obvious connection yet and suggested that once the illegals are rounded up into internment camps that their jobs can then be filled by school children? It makes perfect sense. Im sure it will poll well in GOP primaries. In fact then you have a good reason to get rid of public schools too. The kids will all be too busy picking produce, doing some hard core manual day labor, driving cabs and working fast food to be in school.

  • Let me do the next post for ya Pogie.

    “”MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts says Mitt Romney’s “Keep America American” slogan plays homage to the Ku Klux Klan. The patriotic slogan, which is used in this ad, was apparently used by the KKK in the early 1900s.

    Somehow the folks at MSNBC believe Mitt Romney is acknowledging his Klan roots by using the slogan in his 2012 campaign for the presidency.””

  • In the interest of bi-partisanship perhaps republicans should reach across the aisle and ask Tester to run since he is now on record supporting a balanced budget:

    “This nation needs a balanced budget requirement because Congress was given a $236 billion surplus in 2001, then irresponsibly squandered it in a matter of months. Unlike previous balanced budget proposals, this responsible amendment requires a balanced budget while protecting seniors, Social Security, and middle-class families.

    “But no Montanan should believe that simply voting for a balanced budget amendment will solve the problem at hand. It is time for Congress to work together and actually make the tough decisions required to responsibly cut spending and cut our debt. I’m ready for others to join me in tackling this critical challenge.”

    I guess Denny has rubbed off on him.

    • Any call for a balanced budget right now is just political nonsense, but at least Tester voted for a version that wouldn’t have gutted Social Security and Medicare, at least.

      • Except that Tester is also on record as saying that SS and Medicare must be considered in addressing the national debt. He was interviewed by the Montana Standard.

        • “Addressing” Social Security and Medicare is somewhat different than gutting them.

          The balanced budget Rehberg voted for would gut the programs:

          Talking points that the legislation’s proponents circulated on July 15 seek to foster an impression that the measure would protect Social Security and Medicare.  Such an impression would not be accurate.  The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions.

          The measure does not cut Social Security or Medicare in 2012.  And it does not subject them to automatic cuts if its global spending caps are missed.  It is inconceivable, however, that policymakers would meet the bill’s severe annual spending caps through automatic across-the-board cuts year after year; if they did, key government functions would be crippled.

      • He did vote for the least evil proposal. I suppose that can be considered a plea in mitigation from a Senator guilty of second degree pandering. But Pogie’s right: calls for a balanced budget now are nonsense.

        Writing in the NY Times last month, Bruce Bartlett said:

        “The concept of balancing the budget annually is a bad idea but not an unreasonable one. However, the idea of mandating a balanced budget through the Constitution is dreadful. And the proposal that Republican leaders plan to bring up is, frankly, nuts.”

        You can read the rest at:

        I wish Tester had quoted Bartlett and voted against both balanced budget amendments.

  • Don, I said addressing the national debt. Here is the quote from the MTS:

    And if the long-term debt is to be addressed, Tester said changes to popular entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare will have to be considered.

    Now to balance the budget, like Tester wants to do, what changes to those entitlements will you support?

  • You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  • I’m wondering if you have noticed how the media has changed? What used to neve be brought up or discussed has changed. It’s that time to chagnge our stance on this though.

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