Ryan Zinke “Exploring” a House Run


The groundswell of support from his totally independent Super PAC seems to have persuaded Ryan Zinke that he should seriously consider running for the US House, as he announced the formation of an zinkeroveexploratory committee to consider his run.

Should be interesting to see Zinke win in what promises to be a rabidly right-wing fight, given his love for compromise and middle ground politics. After all, he told the Portland Tribune in May that he considers himself a moderate:

He is writing a book titled, “The Rise of the Middle.”

“I take the middle of the political spectrum,” Zinke says. “Middle America is us. Most folks are not particularly political. They’re paying taxes and working hard. They’re not being well-represented, but we have to get them to become part of the movement. The government has almost become a self-licking ice cream cone. The middle has to be moved as part of our political process.”

That should play well in the current Montana Republican Party. Of course, when he meets with them, Zinke is more likely to be this guy than a moderate:


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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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A bit of a repetitive post, Don, calling out a Republican for behavior that members of both parties engage in. You’d support him if he was a D.


Radical idea: don’t read it. Alternatively, perhaps you can post comments over at 4and20 blackbirds. They’re more to your liking, I think. Oh, wait…


The fun of blogging for me is disagreement, not that anyone every changes their mind about anything. (One guy in Minot, ND did back in 2004, I hear.) But you don’t seem to want to engage in point-counterpoint, in fact, disagreement seems to make you angry.


I think you’re mistaking disinterest for anger. If you followed Montana politics, you’d know that this was actually the first blog/media to report that Zinke had announced. A small thing, to be sure, but being first does matter. That’s why I posted it. When I suggest that you post over at 4and20, it’s because I think that you’d really add more value there, if only they’d let you comment. I don’t think what you believe is point-counterpoint often adds much to the discussion. It’s often off-topic and almost always the exact same set of claims. People can read that over… Read more »


I encounter your mindset everywhere and would like to understand it better. It’s as if you’re only interested in election outcomes. You don’t seem to be able to focus on an issue unless your opinions are filtered through a candidate. Once elected, they are not held accountable and then we start the cycle over again, all failures from prior terms forgiven, fear of the other party the driving force. I regard us as a dysfunctional democracy for that reason. I know you think that repetitive, but then again, you’ve never addressed it. It’s all beneath you, it seems. It’s as… Read more »

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