Why I Won’t Support John Bohlinger for Senate

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I will not be supporting John Bohlinger for the US Senate race—and I’d humbly like to suggest any progressives tempted by his decision to position himself as the liberal candidate for US Senate do some research before throwing their support behind the former Republican. He’s not the candidate we need nor the candidate we want.

The truth is that a month ago I didn’t know who I would support. Despite being interested in and following politics reasonably closely, I couldn’t have told you which John I’d support for the Senate race. Their positions as Lt. Governors and in the case of Walsh, the National Guard, afforded little opportunity to know either man politically. By reputation, each was (and is) a good man, but the past couple of months have made it clear that Mr. Bohlinger cannot be my candidate.

So far, his campaign for the US Senate has looked a lot like his campaigns for the Montana Legislature: he’s running against Democrats—and his erratic, even irrational campaign underscores someone who’s desperate to run from his conservative past while trying to establish liberal bona fides.

He’s simply not a candidate who can beat Steve Daines, and he’s not a candidate who deserves progressive support.

On Abortion Rights

Bohlinger simply can’t be trusted on reproductive rights. His entire political record is that of a pro-life supporter, despite his half-hearted assertions to the contrary. While he wants to dismiss abortion as a “litmus test” for Democratic candidates, it absolutely must be one. We cannot afford a Senator who will not fight for women’s health.

Bohlinger filed a complaint over the mere suggestion he supported abortion rights. Bohlinger had a terrible, terrible voting record with NARAL Pro-Choice Montana. Bohlinger even voted to blast a profoundly anti-choice bill out of Senate committee, demonstrating his deep commitment to the pro-life agenda. He’s even stated that his disagreement with the Montana Democratic Party is with the party’s firm commitment to choice.

And we’re supposed to believe he’s pro-choice now?

On John McCain and Barack Obama

Just five years ago, Lt. Governor supported Senator John McCain over Barack Obama for President, saying that “John McCain is the most prepared candidate to take on the challenges facing communities in Montana and across America.” Faced with a historic choice, Bohlinger supported the candidate who wanted to prolong the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposed the development of a national health care system, wanted to privatize Social Security, and had an 82% lifetime record from the reactionary American Conservative Union.

And we’re supposed to believe he’s committed to progressive values?

On Medicaid Expansion

Mr. Bohlinger has tried to burnish his progressive credentials by advocating for a special session to expand Medicaid.  There are a couple of things to keep in mind about this call: Bohlinger did not testify before the Legislature about this issue; Bohlinger did not call for a special session publicly in the six months between the session and his announcement of his candidacy; Bohlinger did not even sign the petition calling for a special session until the day before he called for one. That’s real commitment to the issue.

Instead, he waited until the day before a group of activists and progressive strategists decided to announce their call for a ballot initiative to parachute in and steal the attention from their campaign.  Now his campaign is painting his position as some sort of moral necessity, despite the fact that Bohlinger seemed entirely disinterested in the process until he could get some free press for it. His performance at the Ballot Initiative press kickoff was an embarrassment not worthy of a serious candidate.

The people who’ve been fighting since before the 2013 Legislative session until today have decided that a ballot initiative is the way to go, and Mr. Bohlinger’s just thrown himself in their way, jeopardizing their efforts and attacking the governor in the process.

And we’re supposed to believe that he’ll put Montanans ahead of politics?

On the TEA Party

On November 7th, Mr. Bohlinger attacked the TEA Party, likening their actions to that of the Taliban and the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Pretty bold rhetoric for a former Republican, but rhetoric not far removed from the truth. In the same month, however, Bohlinger walked back his remarks, telling conservative radio host Aaron Flint that he “regretted” the remarks.

And we’re supposed to believe that he’ll stand up against the TEA Party?

On Terms in the Senate

In August, Bohlinger told the Associated Press he would only run for one term if elected, saying that it would allow him to be “bold with his decisions and not be forced to worry about raising money or getting re-elected.” Less than three months later, he backed off that pledge, saying he is “ blessed with good health” and it will be up to the people of Montana to decide what they want.”

And we’re supposed to believe that he’ll stay consistent?

On the Company He Keeps

Mr. Bohlinger has made a great deal of his association with former Governor Brian Schweitzer, someone I and many Democrats admire greatly. He’s even somewhat disingenuously suggested that Governor Schweitzer has endorsed his campaign, despite the fact that the Governor said he plans to donate to both John Walsh and Bohlinger.

On the negative, however, Bohlinger’s decision to let Bob Brigham, a self-described Internet consultant, speak for his campaign speaks incredibly poorly about Mr. Bohlinger’s judgment.  According to Mr. Brigham, in fact, he’s “running” the Bohlinger campaign.

Today, when I questioned Mr. Bohlinger’s commitment to Medicaid expansion, Brigham responded with his usual moderation:

brigham

Interesting that’d he use the term “whore,” given his public association with blogging for pay. Unlike Mr. Brigham, I’ve never taken a dime from a political candidate, committee, or campaign, let alone while blogging about a campaign.  Brigham can’t say that himself—and I suspect Dr. Freud would take issue with his desperate projection here.

The problem with letting Brigham be a strategist for the Bohlinger campaign actually isn’t about my hurt feelings about being called a sex worker, though; it’s that Bohlinger chose to let someone like Brigham speak for the campaign. It demonstrates both a lack of seriousness as a candidate and a lack of judgment as a potential Senator.

While he’s certainly energetic, managing half a dozen Astroturf Twitter accounts, Brigham is erratic, rude, and hostile to anyone who disagrees with his vision for the Democratic Party. He often viciously attacks anyone who disagrees with his views, including accusing Senator Max Baucus of having the blood of his nephew on his hands, attacking the Montana Human Rights Network for calling for a Special session he now supports, and spending  more time attacking Democrats than the Republicans he pretends to fight against.

Take a handful of Tums and read through his Twitter feed for a sense of the person who’s advising Mr. Bohlinger.

All of that would be fine for a member of the Internet commentariat or a Republican in the Montana Legislature, but not terribly appropriate behavior for someone running the online communications, much less advising, for a Senate candidate.

The tone of Bohlinger’s early campaign has been an unfortunate and costly mistake, one that could have been avoided.

The Bottom Line

I have a relatively simple criteria for determining a candidate who will receive my support in a Democratic Primary:

  • Is the person a Democrat?
  • Do his/her votes and positions align with progressive values?
  • Does she/he seem rational, consistent, and competent to hold the office?
  • Does he/she seem like a decent human being?

Less than a month into his campaign, it already seems like John Bohlinger has failed the first three questions. I certainly hope his campaign doesn’t end up changing my answer to the fourth.

The kickoff of this campaign has hurt the most valuable thing John Bohlinger had going into the race: his reputation as an honorable man. People who follow politics closely in Helena are horrified with the turn of events that’s seen this decent, good-natured man turn into a surrogate for one person’s petty grievances against nearly every progressive organization and worker in the state. It’s potentially a tragic ending for a man admired for his fundamental decency.

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About the author

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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Greg Strandberg
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There’s really no one in the field to get excited about, and I think it’ll unfortunately be that way all the way to November. Hard to campaign for someone you don’t care about.

James
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James

Interesting insight, but I have to respectfully disagree with you, Don. Bohlinger hasn’t just come to some new realization that he is a progressive, he has been doing it for the last decade. I commend a man, a statesman that can stand-up when what he use to believe about a party was wrong, dead-wrong, and he has the will to change his allegiance to the party that represents his values. John Bohlinger has done just that in the face of attacks from Democrats, Republicans, the press, and blogs, like yours. Do we give people the opportunity to change? Grow? Learn?… Read more »

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

Bohlinger is certainly welcome to change his mind. But ‘why wouldn’t we trust his word that he is pro-choice?’ Because he’s not being honest about his record. He has a demonstrably pro-life record, and yet he comes and and says he has always and consistently pro-choice. He’s not facing up to changing circumstances or his own changed opinions – he’s insisting that he’s always been at war with Eurasia. Some of his fundamental beliefs are at odds with progressive Democratic values. In that regard, he’s no different than Senators Tester or Baucus. The problem is he’s not facing up to… Read more »

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

PW, there is no better screen shot to use against Bohlinger, than the title to this post. The points that follow should dispirit many progressives to just not show up and vote in the general. It’s a real head scratcher as to why this was posted. It doesn’t lift Walsh, and is a club if Bohlinger is the nominee.

Norma Duffy
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Craig you’re ascribing Tea party values to how democrats vote. Don’t!

Pogie
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For me, Bohlinger has absolutely failed to explain any evolution on these issues. It’s not enough to offer a throwaway line that he is “pro-choice.” He needs to explain what changed his views.

And the evolution you speak of would be more compelling if he hadn’t endorsed John McCain just five years ago. Did he “evolve” after that? Perhaps a bit of explanation would help.

James Conner
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Excellent post, with one salient fact missing: Bohlinger’s age. He’s 77 years old, and would be 78 when sworn in as a freshman senator. In my book, that’s too old.

Bob Brigham
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I appreciate you linking to this story on the historic win I was part of the same election that you lost to Schweitzer-Bohlinger by 88 points.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2008-07-02/news/stealth-bloggers/full/

Mark Leno wrote the playbook on how to beat an entire senate caucus in an expensive primary.

http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/call-him-senator-mark-leno-progressive-winner-over-incumbent-migden-and-independent-expenditures-joe

And the way Leno won allowed him to earn his status as the top progressive legislator in all the states.

We have a model to win. And then succeed legislatively.

Turner
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Turner

Your negative critique of Bohlinger is pretty well done. At this point, I’m disinclined to vote for him in the Democratic primary. Walsh, however, needs to make himself a lot more apparent to voters. And soon. I’m a little disappointed in his showing so far.

Greg Strandberg
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Why should I become excited about anyone in this race? If I’m 18 to 25, why should I vote for any of these people?

James Conner
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What good comes of not voting and leaving the choice to others?

Greg Strandberg
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It doesn’t really matter because the system’s already rigged for the rich. You need $5,000 to enter the race, so that precludes a huge segment of the state’s population right there.

James Conner
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That doesn’t preclude people from voting, and from experience I know better than to accept the notion there are no real differences between candidates. Cynics who don’t vote don’t pull their weight as citizens.

Norma Duffy
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There is not all that much to be a citizen in the United States. 1. Obey the rules, which actually I find somewhat sparse and easy to follow, 2. Pay your taxes so you can continue to use roads, police services and public schools and Libraries. tons of other benefits apply as well. it isn’t that much compared to other states I have lived in possibly the least amount I have ever had to pay. 3. Vote to make sure your Tax Money is used properly, and your representative is the guy most likely to seek the majority of your… Read more »

Greg Strandberg
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Well I spent the last 5 years in China.

So where do I go to pay this $15 fee? Can I do that in Missoula or can I send it in?

Norma Duffy
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when I ran, I sent it in via the state website

Turner
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Turner

Actually, the filing fee is $15.

Norma Duffy
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Yep the FIling fee is only $15.00

Greg Strandberg
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$1,740 to have the honor of running against this crop of candidates. Looks like I won’t be collecting signatures.

http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/Filing/documents/Candidate-Qualifications-and-Fees.pdf

Norma Duffy
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Right? you wanna go right to the top without proving who you are first?

Greg Strandberg
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Throwing my hat in the ring is more productive than complaining on blogs. I’m sorry you don’t agree with my plan to put my money where my mouth is. Well, I guess not this election cycle since I don’t have that kind of money anyways.

Norma Duffy
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Greg, your bitching at the wrong people. Turner and I both put our money where our mouths are and, at least weren’t afraid of running for what we believe in.. You’ll find a lot of arm chair politicos, like the Kaileys and Tolarski… Who talk big, but don’t even belong to any causes that there are meetings for, or dues, or community services. Or they’ll tell you they did something twenty years ago, but they dont do anything now. Now is when their community needs them most….. But Ahhhhh no they are busy twiddling their thumbs, or polishing their turds.… Read more »

Mark Tokarski
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Man I hate it when, given lousy choices, we’re told that not voting is a bad option, like there is some kind of civic duty in affirming a corrupt system by casting a ballot. Nonsense. That’s loser talk. A lack of choices merely means that electoral politics is meaningless and that other means need to be used to achieve public policy goals … until such time as the republic is functional again. Maybe in my lifetime. The first step is to remove money from politics, but since both parties are swimming in private money, there is no first step that… Read more »

Greg Strandberg
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Wow, here’s someone that sees what’s going on.

Norma Duffy
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Bwahahaha!

Pogie
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I do look forward to hearing more from Walsh. He’ll have to pass my stringent test, too. 🙂

Tokarski
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Tokarski

Until such time as you Democrats hold Democrats accountable , elections are farces anyway, so support for this or that candidate is just your reflexive need to win elections, and to hell with performance. So this is much ado about nothing. Nonetheless, your sole voting test for Bohlinger’s anti-legal abortion stance is the bill that granted personhood to fetus when there is violent attacks on the mother that end its life, thereby increasing the punishment of the offender and offering more protection for the mother. You’re a black/white kind of guy, but that’s hardly a clear-cut choice. I’d vote for… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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I could come up with a hundred reasons to not vote for Bolinger either. here is just three 1. Bob and Aaron: First of all Bob Brigham isn’t a Democrat Mr. Bolinger. He’s a loudmouth on the fringes of insanity, and more like Aaron Flint a conspricy theorist( if that was a party, they would be leaders). Both of these guys have said repeatedly said they don’t speak for party affiliation in the past… Like that is some kind of measure of goodness in todays world? Not! These guys are always selling themselves out to the highest bidder. They belong… Read more »

Greg Strandberg
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I can see why Montana politics is so silly. While you guys (and I mean the majority of the people in this state) are arguing back and forth someone from left-field’s just going to come right in and take it all away from you before you even noticed. They won’t need the press, they won’t need the parties, and they won’t need the money. In fact, they’ll rail against those things, and people will love them for it. I hope you guys keep posting replies like this to this blog – the results will give you a lot to talk… Read more »

Turner
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Turner

Greg, Your contributions here are incredibly superficial. Do you know anything about anything?

Greg Strandberg
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I guess we’re already seeing the nonsensical back and forth that will lead to nothing more than a useless and drawn-out primary fight, one which will benefit no one but the GOP. It’ll have to be that way, as any democratic candidates will have to holler and shout just to get noticed. After all, they’re all old and boring. I said it before, there’s nothing to get excited about with any of these people. Maybe getting excited to see them fail, that’s about it. But I mean, my indifference far outweighs that. And then I guess my eternal vigilance will… Read more »

Tokarski
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Greg – such frank treatment of Democrats at a Democratic web site will earn you that “superficial” label every time. I agree that the field is typically Democratic, uninspiring, and that it’s all about winning elections and election-night parties, after which the party regulars go back into slumber. That’s not superficial, but does rub their fur the wrong way.

Norma Duffy
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Who in left field? Walsh? Yeah that is the only other guy from left field!

Whats with the fear factor here Greg? WHo is the big mystery? Man I have to agree with Turner here.

Rob Kailey
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“How do people handle it?” It being Bob Brigham, I would imagine they handle “it” the same as they handle you, Norma. You afford Bob way more power and influence than is his due. He didn’t “single-handedly” do anything, most certainly not paint others as ‘not making sense’. Many of those ‘not crazy’ folk did that all on their own. The vast majority of Montanans pay no attention whatsoever to the Twitters. Many do, however, pay attention to Aaron Flint and what they hear on the radio. To those of us looking for a candidate, it is distressing to read… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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Right and I have a bridge to sell you in Dillon? Please, ROb, dont let your hate for me clog your already shut eyes further. since I hang with a majority of ranchers and farmers here in our part of the world…. Most of them, Solid GOP voters who say they get the cattle report, feed prices from the same station Aarons on, and turn it off when he shows up on air. Their prognosis in comments to me about Aarons show: Hooey! But wait, We are gonna see how Kailey politics unfolds here in Dillon pretty Quickly…. The new… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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I don’t hate you, Norma. I think you’re a clown. Everybody loves clowns, right?

Norma Duffy
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Right? Only children and those easily amused by face paint and large red sneakers… hard to believe you fit any of those descriptions… maybe children?

Tokarski
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Rob, progressives, judging by Nader’s showing in 2000 and Tester’s turnout decline from 2006 to 2012, make up perhaps <5% of the Montana vote. Given only the power to put someone over the top, we are an important force in elections but otherwise have to rely on rank and file Democrats to advance our causes, which rarely happens. Since we have no power within the party, it's a bit of a Faustian bargain, no?

Norma Duffy
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Right thats why with the exception of Tim Fox every Big political spot in Montana is filled with Democrats.

Again some out of state, out of his mind mathematics from a guy who confessed to be an accountant. Not only your mind but your numbers are way off…. per usual!

Rob Kailey
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It’s an established truth in business that slice in time comparatives are weak. You claim that Democrats have been awesome in Gummint because they control 4 of the 6 top offices (Senate, Senate, House, Governor, SoS, and AG.). Hate to break the obvious, but we’re likely gonna lose another Senate seat. Trending is actually a metric born of the Intertubes, and it tells a different story. Republicants are gaining strength in Montana, as evidenced by nothing other than Tim Fox. Y’know, back when Melcher ran against Burns, people like you, Norma, kept claiming that Montana had only elected one Republicant… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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Moralizing to the side, Faustian bargains still bear fruit. Though Norma seems oblivious to the fact, Democracy itself is a Faustian bargain. Each one of us puts our well being in the hands of those who frankly don’t give one salient crap about what we want, but rather are only concerned about what they want. The Devil will always keep his promises, because Mephistopheles will never promise to make one ‘content’. That is the horror of Democracy. ‘Progressives’ want what they want and they want it NOW! It may be right and it may be just. But it simply ain’t… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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Mr Kailey, I notice you Trash talk Melcher, but not Brian David Schweitzer? he lost to Burns as well? but went on to be our Gov anyway didn’t he? Well did you forget that fact. Isn’t that your argument….How democrats dont win, and now look at brian not Burns being Talked about as a serious populast campaign as President. wheres Burns now????? Democratic principles eventually always win. I trust the american public to make the right choices. After they get battered by republican Ideas they eventually come around. Real democrats make it possible a day at a time to get… Read more »

Norma Duffy
Guest

Man! Why be a Democrat in name only Rob. be all you can be and just drop the DINO tag all together…. or be honest and just say you dont like my cheeky democratic notions of right and wrong. I know you and your brother don’t like me, I dont intend to grow fond of either of you guys either.

at least be honest for a friggin change and stop trying to co-op me to your side of slimy politics.

Rob Kailey
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Norma, since your ‘response’, such as it was, had absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote save including the name “Melcher”, you’ve really raised the bar on your own level of incoherence. I wasn’t ‘Trash-talking’ Melcher. I was trash talking people like you who think their own sense of justice coerces democratic will. No, it doesn’t. If it did, John Melcher wouldn’t have lost to Conrad Burns, Tim Fox would not be our AG and Steve Daines would not be the front-runner for US Senate. Democratic principles do win. They just aren’t what you think they are. You equate… Read more »

Norma Duffy
Guest

Wow would you listen to yourself Rob Bwahahahaha When you read your words again in front of a mirror, you’ll see who the real culprit is. Cuz trust me what you wrote fits you to a tee buddy boy! I am not sorry to explain to you again that I as a democrat I don’t have to live by your little pesky “Get along with Rob’s personality Laws.” As a democrat we all know we work within a huge tent of personalities and like buses….. If we don’t like one because of their shrillness, we can wait fifteen minutes and… Read more »

Rob Kailey
Guest

Oh Norma. Please. You have such an awesome record of success in this state that not even once would I dare question your political savvy.

Norma Duffy
Guest

Nice try at sarcasm Rob…. But I’d rather be despised for my character than liked for my lack of it!

Mark Tokarski
Guest

Would you rather be known for character or merely as a character?

Norma Duffy
Guest

You can read Mark right?

Aaron Flint
Guest

Interesting points Rob. Always comical to read what Norma has to say…Bohlinger is by far not the first Democrat to come on the talk show, even in the short 4 years or so that I’ve been hosting Voices of Montana. In fact, one could argue that it was Democrats like Brian Schweitzer and Dennis McDonald (who came on the show several times) that helped get all of these other Democrats elected. I think you could argue that Tester/Baucus etc all benefitted from Schweitzer/McDonald charging the hill, and now that they’re in power they want to pretend they did it on… Read more »

Abe Froman
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Abe Froman

I always get a kick out of hearing Cletus from Ekalaka call in and ask about the UN Agenda 21 plan to force bison onto his scrub brush ranch. Your show is always a hoot Aaron.

Aaron Flint
Guest

Ha…that’s exactly why I only approve of non-Agenda 21 certified bike paths.

Norma Duffy
Guest

Not as comical as you Arron. You remind me of all those late night guys in LA radio in the 70’s …. who had those canned pre-recordings where you acted like you were talking to celebrities in your studio…. when all it was were promo LP records with a script.

Oooh did I give away your secrets dude.

I also noticed how you didn’t speak up for Craig’s two recordings. Your show is more than half cooked in clips. dude.

Nice try though!

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Norma, if Democrats don’t speak to Aaron Flint, then what do you call is chat with Gov. Bullock? http://www.northernbroadcasting.com/Talk/FlintReportHeadlines/tabid/519/ID/9263/Bullock-Not-Counting-Votes-on-Veto-Override.aspx

Norma Duffy
Guest

Really, Craig how many times has Aaron been invited to a democratic event? He had to chase Bullock down in a hallway for a short impromtu interview( clearly made out in this tape) and the governor spoke right over Flints failed tries at partisanship!

Grow up Craig! he didn’t purposely put himself at Flints studio for an interview!

Norma Duffy
Guest

Even the governor gets unlucky enough to meet jerks in a public hallway sometimes…. just saying!

Craig Moore
Guest
Craig Moore

Uh Norma, did you know that Flint has also interviewed Schweitzer where he said, “I don’t want to sound like a terrorist here, but you give me 20 gallons of propane, I can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time,” http://www.northernbroadcasting.com/Talk/FlintReportHeadlines/tabid/519/ID/8207/As-Dems-Cave-Gov-Stands-by-2nd-Amendment.aspx

Your claim, “Democrats don’t speak to Arron, hell they wont let him anywhere near a public event. ” is completely FALSE.

Norma Duffy
Guest

Opp where is Arron Flint in that comment, where is he Craig? I hear Schweitzer but not Aaron. why because that clip is from where???? Its a clip from another show. Man you talk some crap bro. I believe that actually came from a recording of “Morning Joe” show on TV!

Norma Duffy
Guest

Nice try but I do read all the crap you throw my way. I just not as gullible as some of my softer backboned party members are.

HelenaInsider
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HelenaInsider

Bohlinger is a good man. Ok. I will not be voting for Bohlinger. Why? Because he has a HORRIBLE voting record. And while he may claim that he “stood by Brian Schweitzer” when Brian vetoed anti-woman bill after anti-woman bill, the truth is that Bohlinger was still anti-choice and even told people that while Lt. Governor. As you point out, Pogie. Bohlinger is also being advised by a very questionable “activist” named Bob Brigham. One moment Bohlinger is trying to make us believe that he is now “pro-woman” while his campaign manager makes light of rape and freely uses the… Read more »

lizard19
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lizard19

hey guys! I think JC wrote a really great post that I’d like to link to, since Don carefully insulates ID readers from exposure to 4&20.

HelenaInsider
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HelenaInsider

ha. This is the dumbest comment I have seen in a while. Sorry no one reads 4&20 anymore.

lizard19
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lizard19

cool, you’re good with facts as well.

marion
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marion

I find Bohlinger’s candidacy to be disingenuous overall. During his tenure as Lt. Gov, he was touted as the Republican yang to the Schweitzer yin. Over and over we heard about Brian reaching across the aisle to add a Republican to the ticket. Perhaps, for a Republican, he is on the progressive end of their spectrum. That’s great. Honestly I wish he would stand up in his party for those values that made him a Republican in the first place and hold his party’s feet to the fire. It feels opportunistic to me that he is now, at 78 years… Read more »

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