In a speech so cliché-laden that Peggy Noonan is considering suing, to a crowd almost numbering dozens, Ryan Zinke announced his candidacy for the US House today in Billings. While I couldn’t make it through the riveting video of the event, I’m told that Zinke neither water boarded anyone nor revealed American military secrets at today’s event. I suspect he also failed to mention signing this truly insane pledge back in 2012. I will give Zinke credit for chutzpah, though. It takes a hell of a lot for someone who volunteered as Neil Livingstone’s running mate to talk about restoring trust to government.
In what was news to me, the Glendive Ranger-Review offered more information from Maryland developer Matt Rosendale’s announcement for the House last week. Carefully fitting the tin foil over his flat top, Rosendale offered this nuanced, reasonable assessment of the President of the United States:
He accused the pair of running roughshod over anyone who disagreed with their policies and engaging in “a program of broad, deep social engineering.”
“They run a government that has taken over one-sixth of our economy and when their ideas are challenged, they refuse to engage in discussion,” Rosendale said.
It’s not just Champ Edmunds and PSC Member Roger Koopman who think Steve Daines is in trouble because of his vote to end the GOP government showdown. Today, The Atlantic’s Philip Bump said Daines was one of fourteen Republicans most damaged by the shutdown.
In perhaps the most terrifying news out of Helena since the end of the legislative session, a panel of legislators met today to discuss “ways to strengthen the legislative branch.” I’d humbly suggest that they consider first strengthening their grasp on reality before anyone thinks about giving Kim Jong Essman or Art Wittich any more power.
The Montana Legislature even came up while I was vacationing in Portland last weekend. Two columnists discovered the Legislature’s well-conceived road kill bill and it was discussed with the mockery it deserves:
However, they’re happy in Helena now that it’s legal to salvage road kill for the dinner table. It’s not just legal, it’s also going to be convenient. You can now go online to get a permit to eat your flattened squirrel. And very soon, there will be an app for that as well. Something tells us, people who eat road kill don’t have a “smart” phone.
Rick Hill’s legal troubles continue with a ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong which prevents Hill from returning $300,000 to the GOP state party.
Hill argued the threat of an investigation by the state commissioner discourages him from giving the $300,000 left from his failed campaign to the state GOP for the 2014 elections…”By Hill’s logic, any fine — including parking tickets — would implicate the First Amendment if the defendant could plausibly assert a wish to spend money on expressive conduct,” the judge wrote.
Even Charles Krauthammer thinks it’s time for Washington to change the name of its football team:
Why? Simple decency. I wouldn’t want to use a word that defines a people — living or dead, offended or not — in a most demeaning way. It’s not a question of who or how many had their feelings hurt, but whether you want to associate yourself with a word that, for whatever historical reason having nothing to do with you, carries inherently derogatory connotations.