Time for the Bohlinger Campaign to Stop Using GOP Talking Points


If I were supporting a candidate who recently switched parties to run for Senate, I might be careful about copying the exact language of the party my candidate has recently forsaken. Bob Brigham has not done so.

“Bob Brigham [email protected] Jan 29

Everyone with integrity should decry “back room deals” – just let the voters decide. ”

The website www.supportmtgop.com/ , which paid for me to see their Facebook ad:

“Tell Governor Bullock: No Backroom Deals!”

Now, of course it’s impossible to actually let the voters decide who will replace Max Baucus before the next election – that is constitutionally the governor’s job. But when Bob Brigham says ‘let the voters decide’, what he means is to pass up a chance to have a Senator effective on day one in Washington and to give our (and supposedly Brigham and Bohlinger’s, as well) party a chance to retain (or reclaim, depending on your view of Max’s ideological purity) Baucus’s seat.

I’m not saying Bohlinger, or much less Brigham, is a secret Republican. They undoubtedly want to accomplish progressive goals, and believe that Bohlinger in the Senate is a better path to that goal than Walsh in the Senate. And maybe they are right; maybe Bohlinger has completely reformed his pro-life, anti-union stances. But the claim that the best chance for Democrats to win the election is to appoint a caretaker interim Senator is rather contradicted by the fact that Republicans are openly campaigning for that same outcome, because they believe (with somewhat more plausibility) that an open seat in 2014 will be easier to win than one occupied by John Walsh. What this looks like, as a result, is a case of a politician and/or his strategists putting their personal careers above the greater goals of the party and the movement they support.

It’s the oldest story in politics, and honestly probably an impossible one to recognize when your inside it, and I certainly don’t bear Bohlinger any ill-will, and will support him if he’s the candidate facing off against Daines. But when a strategist like Bob Brigham sees himself parroting the lines of the party he’s about to run against, he needs to step back and re-evaluate his priorities.

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Pogo Possum

“What this looks like, as a result, is a case of a politician and/or his strategists putting their personal careers above the greater goals of the party and the movement they support.” Good point. Now substitute the word “Army” for “party” and it sounds like what John Walsh did when he coerced and bullied his junior officers to join a private organization so he could win a position on that same private organization to enhance his career. If Walsh and his defenders want to continue to talk about ethical behavior and leadership in this Senatorial campaign, then they should check… Read more »

Craig Moore
Craig Moore

Pogo, thanks for bringing the colonel’s letter to our attention.

Norma Duffy

For once Pogo can you stay on Point. This isn’t about Walsh! Its about Bob Brighams hapless understanding of American constitutional Law, Which gives Bullock the right to choose Max’s Successor…. kinda just like you. No such thing as a back room deal is going on here.

Lastly, None of what you think Walsh did, matters at this point. It didn’t rise to any criminal Action on the part of the Military or Civilian law. If it did he would have gone to trial. What Part of this do you not understand? Spoiler Alert: Not a crime

Norma Duffy

Accusations do not equal Lawful court findings and Judgements in America…… EVER!

James Conner

Whether or not Walsh is appointed to the Senate to finish Baucus’ term, I doubt that Bohlinger will actually file for the senate. He’s running a “Hey, listen to me, I’ve still got something to say” campaign that varies in coherency, but I don’t think really intends to pony up a four-figure filing fee and spend the best days of the fishing season casting for votes in unfriendly waters.

Mark Tokarski

Appointment of senators to fill expiring terms is an anachronism. But it is used effectively – Obama pushed for an Anschutz man, Michael Bennet, to fill the term of Salazar in Colorado, and headed progressives off at the pass. Bennet’s greatest achievement had been to lead the school district into financial derivatives that cost Denver at least $25 million. When Bennet was flailing in the primary in 2010, Obama personally intervened to head progressives off at the pass. Again. As used, appointments are a way to boost the careers of those otherwise unable to generate their own traction, but who… Read more »

Craig Moore
Craig Moore

I suppose Bohlinger could always campaign on the success of Obamacare to creat jobs. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/cbo-botched-health-care-law-rollout-will-reduce-signups-by-1-million-people/2014/02/04/c78577d0-8dac-11e3-98ab-fe5228217bd1_story.html The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday, a finding that sent the White House scrambling to defend a law that has bedeviled President Obama for years. After obtaining coverage through the health law, some workers may forgo employment, while others may reduce hours, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office. Low-wage workers are the most likely to drop out of the workforce as a result of… Read more »

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