Republican Response Shows Walsh Was the Right Choice

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If any Montana Democrats doubted that appointing Lt. Governor John Walsh was the right choice, the apoplectic and astonishingly hypocritical response of the right wing should make it clear they see Senator Walsh as a real threat in 2014.

The Montana Republican Party, fresh off creating a phishing site inspired, no doubt, by their party’s efforts to deceive potential Democratic donors, repeated the same tweet criticizing John Walsh somewhere between 13 and 301 times today. I guess what they lack in creativity and consistency, they make up for in dogged determination.

Montana Senate President Jeff Essman, who has apparently forgotten his secret caucus orchestrated by the Republican family values champion Jason Priest and himself during the last legislative session, attacked Governor Bullock for neither calling every voter in Montana and asking her opinion nor letting the GOP the candidate of their choice:

One of those GOP leaders, Montana Senate President Jeff Essmann, criticized Bullock for what he called an “arrogant and high-handed” approach to picking Baucus’ replacement.

“Instead of doing what would have been easy, setting up an open and transparent process to listen to the people of Montana, Gov. Bullock ducked and weaved so that he could fulfill his duty and complete a backroom deal that was hatched in Washington to benefit Washington, not Montana,” Essmann said.

The notion that the Walsh appointment was some kind of D.C. conspiracy dominated Republican criticism today, no doubt because a party so committed to the interests of East Coast elites can’t imagine any other scenario. It’s a problematic narrative, though, given that those same entrenched D.C. elites were soon seen actually trying to influence the Montana electorate—on behalf of Republicans.

Noted Montanans like the spokesman for Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, the National Republican Senate Committee, and other D.C. insiders immediately jumped into the fray, making any Republican complaints about D.C. involvement as hollow as their criticisms of the Governor’s entirely legal and responsible choice.

In fact, the National Journal’s Adam Wollner reports that Karl Rove’s American Crossroads will open its 2014 campaign of sleaze with an attack on John Walsh:

American Crossroads, the Republican super PAC cofounded by Karl Rove, plans to welcome Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh to the U.S. Senate with an attack ad.

Crossroads reported to the Federal Election Commission that it has spent $138,000 on a TV ad opposing Walsh, a Democrat appointed to the Senate on Friday. Walsh is running to retain the seat this fall.

But wait, it gets worse. Among those attacking Senator Walsh today was Donny Ferguson, who led the widely reviled dark money American Tradition Partnership, authored the truly odious Montana Statesman, and violated just about every Montana election law he could during the 2012 campaign before landing back in Washington D.C.

So, spare us all the outrage and hand-wringing. There’s going to be a long, expensive campaign, all but certainly fought between Senator Walsh and Representative Daines. Let’s get over accusations of wrongdoing when none existed and focus on the issues that separate these two candidates.

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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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“Instead of doing what would have been easy, setting up an open and transparent process to listen to the people of Montana, Gov. Bullock ducked and weaved so that he could fulfill his duty and complete a backroom deal that was hatched in Washington to benefit Washington, not Montana,” Essmann said. Geez, Assman. That’s stoopid even by PUBBIE standars! Would you mind explaining in detail the process you had in mind when your farted this?! You see, Assman, as much as you hate to admit it, the outcome would have been exactly the same! But for the record, and so… Read more »

Mark Tokarski
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Again, he had you at “D.” I’ve a sneaking hunch that Walsh is a cloaked Republican, as that row is so damned easy to hoe.

Norma Duffy
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Like it was gonna be someone else. Listen GOP we told you who it was gonna be from our side. the man was the obvious choice.

Stop whining and show us what Daines has to beat this guy, I mean we all know on the left side of Politics…. Steve has Nothing special to offer Montanans. But hey we giving you a chance to show us different!

You were hoping Bolinger was your Tim Fox…….. Bwahahahaha

Mark Tokarski
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Funny, Don never writes about, say, Tester, because he’s in office so who gives a rat’s ass. Tester could be an ax murderer, but winning elections is all that matters.

This is bankrupt. You folks are why I say Democrats are the problem. I am so happy you got your Walsh guy appointed, like that deal wasn’t cut six months ago.

Greg Strandberg
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I’m just glad we can stop hearing about it.

Turner
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Turner

The single issue that Montana’s D’s and R’s agree on, sadly, is the Keystone XL pipeline. Walsh, Daines, Tester, Bullock — they’re all for it. The rest of us D’s are dismissed as a bunch of hippies.

Only Dirk Adams opposes it. For this reason I’m supporting him and hope he gets the nomination.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

The Party has already spoken on that matter. It’s Walsh. OK? Walsh.

Big Swede
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Big Swede

Yeah Don, what were we thinking. I mean the current adm. wouldn’t dare involve themselves in any political hanky panky.

Take for instance the IRS scandal, just conjecture. Fast and Furious, eavesdropping on a FOX reporter, and making up a bullshit story about Bengazi as to not effect the upcoming election.

Pure as driven snow on this one.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Geez, Swede, you bought the whole enchilada, dude! I suggest that you need to think outside the box for a change, the FROOTloop box! How can you debate someone who makes up their own “facts”? You can’t.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

I think you’re right about Bengazi, that it was an inside job – to what end I do not know. Speculation is that it was to advance Romney’s candidacy, but it is not clear to me how that is achieved. The whole of the Libyan affair is a disgrace, a very popular leader murdered in broad daylight – in Mafia terms, that is known as taking a s*** on your enemy’s doorstep and then demanding a roll of toilet paper. It’s a manifestation of naked power, done to demonstrate to other countries what happens when you cross Wall Street/London. Libya… Read more »

Norma Duffy
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My son write a fairly good piece about the tar sands for his first shot at blogging. After seeing the devastation of what fighting for Oil does to places like Vietnam and Iraq. We both feel America is kinda going through the same battles now without bombs. the Tar sands is something far more toxic.

By the way Don he has always liked your site. whenever he gets leave which is usually just a lot of showers, sleep and reading the internet, he reads you.

http://bullspit.businesscatalyst.com//conservation-blog.html

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

Today I learned that Vietnam was about oil.

The Keystone oil will be refined in Texas and exported, by the way. The US does not need it, but Texas refineries are running short of crude.

Norma Duffy
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Vietnam was about Oil and Rubber. It was about protecting the French Economy so we could continue to get those products cheap. and you didn’t know that? Jeez?

The Oil refineries in Texas are owned by the Chinese and the Saudis now…. so where the hell have you been Mark all this time? Ye of so little information and lots of dumb Colorado Opinion????

Norma Duffy
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No they are not. oil production is up over a 1005 percent since Obama took Office…. Try again Mark!

Larry VAGG
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Larry VAGG

like usual my comments are being censored by Don. So time for more cat and mouse. Cant censor people just because you don’t like their opinion Donnyboy. Especially with Larr Vags pottymouth on all your sites.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Cat and mouse? Nah, more like hide and seek! YOU still hidin’ behind cutsie names and seeking to get a rise outta folks! Sad, so sad, Pathetic really. You know what they say, cutsie names equals cutsie little fella! Are you a cute little fella? Jus’ wonderin’.

Norma Duffy
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Hey Don,

Both this larry Vagg and the other idiot are using porn for their websites, and it is probably the same guy. I believe you can safely rid us if their vulgar selves considering they are just GOP operatives? Just saying!

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

I recently read this piece at LiTW. http://www.leftinthewest.com/diary/4883/senator-mcullough-vs-dollars-democracy I don’t believe that John has very much experience or understanding of life outside outside of the military, therefore it is my opinion that he is not a good choice for this era we are living in because of that… I understand that there are people who cling to the belief that John Walsh is Montana’s last best hope of keeping the senate in Democratic hands. I strongly disagree and am willing to back that belief up with a list of reasons if anyone wants to hear them let me know because… Read more »

BLUE PITBULL PUPPIES
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Amazing, excellent site shape! How extended have you ever been blogging and site-building to get? you create blogging and site-building look uncomplicated. The actual look of your website is fantastic, not to say the information!

Seargeant Peppers
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Seargeant Peppers

Maybe we can get Zinkster and Walsh the wash in office!!! a military duo for some super funtime in DC backing the US military industrial complex. It wont cost us a dime or another young soldier, we can trust em!!!

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