When Jon Tester Makes the New York Times…


it’s because it’s newsworthy that a member of the Senate lives a life like an ordinary American—and because he loves his Montana beef:

An evening around their table is informal (dinner is served family style and everyone clears his or her own plate) and amusing, with the conversation veering from President Obama’s jobs bill to the benefits of local honey to the type of gun best used to eliminate pigeons or deer.

While many Washington wives like to make the dinner party scene and attend spouse lunches on Capitol Hill, Mrs. Tester spends most of her time tending the farm back home. There is harvesting and plowing in the spring and beating back the snow in the winter. In the summer she cans tomatoes and puts up pickles (“Jon eats them like candy”) and choke cherries, though last year those flooded out.

Even though I’m a vegetarian, it’s hard not to admire someone who has certainly remained true to his Montana roots in Washington, even it means eating what sounds like a somewhat unhealthy amount of beef. Smile

When Dennis Rehberg makes the New York Times, it’s for selling his votes to the mining industry and voting to increase the lead in children’s toys.

Just a thought.

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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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