There are a few certain signs that Representative Rehberg needs to get some attention: either he changes his mind on the Patriot Act, grandstands about a non-threatened monument to Jesus, or he writes a strongly worded letter opposing a policy the Obama Administration has no plans to implement. Since yet another flip or flop on the Patriot Act might have negative repercussions and Whitefish Jesus will undoubtedly be his big push in late October, today he went with the tried and true strategy of attacking monument designation in Montana.
And the Great Falls Tribune went along with it, giving Rehberg prominent position on the top of the fold of the paper and their website, even though the Obama Administration has made it clear that it has no intention of creating another monument in Montana.
It wouldn’t be such a transparent ploy to gain attention (and distract from recent revelations about his international travel) if Rehberg hadn’t gone to the monument designation well so often. Or given that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made it clear there were no plans for further monument designation in Montana, way back in 2010.
Consider last September, when Rehberg also promoted his conspiracy theory, hypocritically ignoring the Bush Administration’s use of monument designation during 2006. A brief look at his official web page demonstrates his quixotic commitment to pretending to fight this imaginary threat, accompanied by indignant press releases.
And it’s important to remember Rehberg’s symbolic nonsense in light of his advocacy of a bill that would transform operational control of Montana’s northern border to Homeland Security, a bill roundly criticized by Montanans of all political stripes–and never discussed in any of Rehberg’s “listening” sessions.
The score? Imaginary threats to Montana land and sovereignty? Rehberg opposes them–and loudly. Real threats? He actually advocates them.
I certainly understand why Rehberg has to resort to this strategy. He has no other record of achievement to run on, so he resorts to self-promotion about protecting Montanans from imaginary threats.