There are many people, many of my personal friends included, who believe that local elections are far more important than national or statewide ones. They reason that since national elections are financed by those with a lot of money, the two parties are never far apart in their positions. It’s an oversimplification, but there is some truth to it – local politics are more personal, generally have a more direct effect, and often present more widely divergent viewpoints than the big ticket races. But it is becoming clear that the ghosts of Republican Administrations past continue to haunt Montana and deprive us of the freedom to govern our state as we see fit.
The biggest example is obviously Citizen’s United, where 2 W. appointees, one appointed by his father and two appointed by Reagan, handed down a ruling that overturned a century old Montana law.
But to add insult to injury, another Reagan appointee struck down another Montana law, which seems eminently reasonable, disallowing knowingly false statements during a campaign.
Whoever is president for the next our years will likely make at least one supreme court appointment and multiple appointments to Federal courts. We cannot afford that person to be Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. Moreover, we need the senate that will advise and consent to these appointments to be composed of reasonable people, not obstructionist ideologues like Denny Rehberg. Even if Obama’s other actions are not progressive as some activists would like, his Supreme Court appointments have been consistently better than any Republican president in memory, and there’s no reason to believe that if given another opportunity in the next four years, they will be any different.
UPDATE: For example, I’m not sure Obama would have nominated this guy.