Republicans on Schweitzer: Wrong and Afraid

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It’s hard to understand why the Montana GOP hasn’t had more success in statewide races, given their deep understanding of Montana politics.

Yesterday, from the former Communications Director of the Montana GOP, we got this insight about a potential Democratic primary involving Brian Schweitzer running for the Senate:

While I’d love to see the list of Democratic candidates who would run against Schweitzer, much less challenge him at this point, I’m more entertained at the way Republican political leaders seem to believe their antipathy towards Schweitzer is shared by voters in the state. Yes, Schweitzer often and publicly humiliated the Montana GOP, but I’d hazard a guess that most of us in the state enjoyed it thoroughly.

Don’t believe my take? Just look at the way the alleged first tier of Republican candidates for the Senate have been dancing around the race, waiting for Schweitzer to make his move. Whether it’s Daines or Zinke or Rerun Rehberg, not a single one has the courage to announce a bid for the Senate without knowing Schweitzer’s next move.

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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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his left flank is exposed on energy issues, so if the race is on, I’d expect some preemptive, Tester-esque hippie bashing, which is a popular and effective technique.

Pogie
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It would probably be far more productive to start tearing down Schweitzer now, because electing Ryan Zinke to the Senate would be the most progressive choice.

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

AND, lest we forget, the Barking Seal’s running mate has his OWN CIA! That’s pretty special, as in Special Ed. Politics! Sheesh. Herr Zhtinke doesn’t have a chance.

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no, what I’m saying is once the Brian announces, his first move should be to bash hippie environmentalists to cover his exposure, because we all know Montana’s bright, sustainable future depends on peddling coal to China and piping bitumen through the keystone pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico.

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I think Schweitzer is a weaker Senate candidate than he ever was governor candidate, and lizard is exactly why. Montana politics have polarized just like national politics, and the far or even center left can’t be counted on for votes or support just because politician has D in front of their name. Many progressives may like Schweitzer as governor, where he stood between us and an absolutely irresponsible GOP legislature. Compared to the people Montanans elect to represent them generally, he looks downright progressive. But in the Senate he’s going to look a lot more conservative, and lizard et al… Read more »

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