I really shouldn’t be posting this, as I am on vacation in Iceland, but the bullshit coming from the John Bohlinger and Dirk Adams Senate campaigns smells so badly that I can smell it over the sulfurous hot water in Reykjavik. Both Bohlinger and Adams, it seems, are angry that the Montana Democratic Party has chosen to endorse an actual Democrat for the US Senate race instead of either of them.
“I’m offended by that,” said Bohlinger. “I don’t know how one certifies their credentials as a democrat any more than I’ve done. In 2004 and 2008 I ran with Brian Schweitzer on the Governor/Lt. Governor ticket as a Democrat. I filed as a democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.”
Now that’s rich. Perhaps Bohlinger has forgotten it, but Montana voters surely remember the ads with Governor Schweitzer saying “I’m a Democrat” and Bohlinger saying “I’m a Republican” before Schweitzer put Bohlinger out to pasture following the election.
Democrats also remember that, in 2008, Bohlinger not only endorsed, but was the Montana chair for the John McCain campaign.
The first indication that Bohlinger was a Democrat came about four days before he announced he was going to run for the US Senate as one, and even that came after he announced that was an Independent.
And his voting record as a Republican legislator? Only problematic for Democrats if they care about women’s health, unions, education, and campaign finance. Or perhaps if they care about rights for the LGBT community.
Remember all the times that I’ve written that Bohlinger was an honorable man who would have been better served by simply sitting this race out? Only the latter half seems to be true any more.
And then we have Adams, who explained his donations to Republican candidates like this:
Adams has never run as a republican, but ended up in the same net as Bohlinger when Watt pointed to Adams’ past donations to republican candidates as a sign that he wasn’t a “true” democrat. Adams said that there were three old donations to republicans who were working across the aisle on important community banking issues.
Who did Adams donate to? Rick Hill, Mike Taylor, and bigot Ed Royce. While Adams is trying to spin and explain away those donations now, the fact is that he donated to candidates who represent the antithesis of what the Democratic Party stands for.
Why I find this posturing so infuriating is not even that Adams or Bohlinger are distorting their records in a non-stop effort to smear Senator Walsh; it’s that they seem to be so shameless about it. I think it’s perfectly fine for Adams and Bohlinger to be in this race, but it certainly would be nice if their strategy was anything other than running attack ads for Steve Daines in the general election.
It’s damn disappointing–and further reason for the Montana Democratic Party to have done exactly what it has.