Chicken Steve Daines Won’t Talk to Montana Voters

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Given the caterwauling from Montana Republicans about thehappy-chicken need for competitive primary races in Senate campaigns, it’s certainly been surprising to see them give a free pass to Steve Daines, who’s just “too busy” to attend a candidate forum sponsored by the Great Falls Tribune in May. The Tribune reports, that despite commitments from the three Democrats and Republican Champ Edmunds “Daines declined to participate and newcomer Cundiff did not respond to an invitation.”

It makes sense that Daines doesn’t want to attend an event without a pre-screened audience there to toss him softballs he can hit with the platitude bat he carries around. After all, he’s alienated conservatives by voting to end the government shutdown after voting for the government shutdown and failing to vote to abolish Obamacare for the 455th time. His primary opponent Champ Edmunds had this to say:

“I am disappointed that we didn’t get to hear why Daines voted for (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and allowed spying on Americans. I’d like to hear why he voted four times to raise debt ceiling before he voted against. I’d love to talk about why he voted to fund Obamacare, even though he says he’s against it.”

At the same, Daines has upset moderate and liberal Montanans by voting to line his own pockets at the expense of college students, the working poor, and the elderly.

With a record like that, I wouldn’t want to show up for a chance to speak to real Montanans either. Someone might ask him why he wants the IRS to investigate those who have been sexually assaulted, for instance.

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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.

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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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  • Gosh Don, what did you call Walsh when he blew off the Yellowstone Dem dinner where Bohlinger and Adams participated? http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bohlinger-adams-speak-with-democrats-walsh-a-no-show/article_3a545fc2-658b-599a-8841-0c7080afda3f.html

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    About the only thing U.S. Senate candidates Dirk Adams and John Bohlinger agreed on Tuesday night was that fellow Democrat John Walsh was a no-show for their Billings forum.

    All three were in Billings on Tuesday. Former Montana Lt Gov. Bohlinger and current Lt. Gov. Walsh arrived in the Gazette newsroom with near carpool-like synchronization late in the afternoon.

    Three hours later, with roughly 60 Democrats seated at the Elks Club to hear from the candidates, Walsh wasn’t there. Adams told the crowd Walsh had canceled to raise money, but then refused to elaborate after the forum.

    Bohlinger’s campaign manager, Bob Brigham, tweeted “Huge crowd at Yellowstone Dems’ dinner. John Walsh’s conspicuous absence — though he’s in Billings today — is big topic.”
    ===END QUOTE

    • Right. Almost exactly the same situation there, other than the field of candidates had not been set, there were no journalists asking the questions, and it wasn’t a forum.

      Otherwise, spot on.

  • If you’re raising so much money from outside interests, out-of-state millionaires, and other folks that don’t care about us at all, then you simply don’t need to attend these silly little democratic functions.

    No, Daines and his team will simply blitz the electorate with lies, force a boatload of fear down their gullets, and inundate them with negative, wall-to-wall TV advertising.

    It’s the American way.

  • I dont think anyone cares about Walsh right now he has a job to do as senator. Dirk Adams and John Bolinger have brought nothing but whining to every dinner they came too. No New Ideas, no Job Programs just bullshit about john Walsh pitiful really. they are acting just like republicans at theses dinners.

    Oh yeah I forgot, they were republicans! They aren’t fooling anyone democratically.

    I brought two people to the Dillon Dem dinner who had never been to a function such as these. They were upset, supposed Dems Adams and Bolinger, had nothing else to say,,, but how the other guy is so bad, Walsh gained two more people just by not showing up and allowing the others two men to make fools of themselves.

    The stuff Dirk Adams brought could be fact check by Smart Phones right at the table “false” crap. and John carried on like the Dinosaur he is, Talking so long he got the hook for speaking forever. Dinosaurs both of them.

    Glad the party decide to endorse Walsh they made the right decision, not to allow Dinos any traction!

    • Daines won’t go to debate, but oh boy, he wants to be seen in Great Falls ‘pumping’ for the veterans, military on Memorial Day!

      • craigy? Are you till out there, bud? I’m still waiting for the Dem equivalent. I KNOW you have one! Where is the Dem Pastor Bulbdim? The Dem Kockhsy’s Army? The Dem standoff? The Dem inbreds?????? The Dem traitors? The Dem kristyeean fundiwackmentalists?? The Dem white supremnits? The Dem racists? The Dem crazed killers who walk up and kill folks they think are Jews???

        • BTW, interesting to note that some might conclude that Pastor Bulbdim could very well be guilty under the RICO act for promoting terrorism! I mean, what ELSE would the good pastor call it? Helping a lawbreaker violate the law? While encouraging those with guns to shoot federal law enforcement employees? And actually POINTING guns at them?! A violation of the law! Yep. Seems to me that the good pastor should be startin’ his prison ministry by now……FROM THE INSIDE!

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

          • Is P-ass-tor Bulbdim a traitor and domestic terrorist? Well of COURSE he is! But don’t take my word. Read what lil’ lord georgie bush had to say! And really, what the heck. P-ass-tor Bulbdim, in addition to his prison ministry, can also work on un-gaying all them GAYS in prison!

            You see, Cliven Scumby’s Army of the First Inbred Irregulars were just SOOO brave! If they weren’t volunteering all the women folk to be human shields and the first to get shot in order to make a statement, they were HIDING behind a bridge with the Feds in their gunsights, saying things like “I coulda shot them dudes. I had them in my sights”!

            Wow! I must say, the bravery exhibited by the First Inbred Irregulars was truly impressive, AND pretty much what I’d expect from fat, lardassed, lazy, inbred, ignernt patridiots rushing to the defense of a welfare moocher! Hide behind the fat little dumpy wives and daughters, and take POT shots at the Feds! No WONDER p-ass-tor Bulbdim felt a kinship with such manly men and warriors for Jaysus! He’s ONE of them!

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/19/1293258/-Bush-Administration-labeled-Bundy-Ranch-style-outlaws-domestic-terrorists#

            Me THINKS it’s gonna be a loooong time before the First Inbred Irregulars live down the fact that they were gonna put the women out in front, for NUTHIN’ says inbred bravery like leading from the front……RIGHT behind the beeehind of one big fat mamma inbred! HEY, the dudes who fought the Revolutionary War hid behind trees. Hidin’t behind a big chunky mamma is KINDA like hidin’ behind a tree, right?

            Inbreds. Whacha gonna do with’em!

            craigy, equivalent please. WHERE is the Dem sherrif jonny mack talkin’ smack who advocated for the use of women and daughters as shields??? I’ll wait!

  • Would someone mind re-posting this over at cowgirl’s site where I’m banned? Thanks.

    HERE’S the problem that I have with a sh*tbag like Clivecum ted Bundy, the Mormon moron MOOCHER!

    You see, MY ancestors did it the hard way. The RIGHT way! Un LIKE Clivescum’s ancestors! MY ancestors did NOT murder in cold blood ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY completely innocent people trying to get to California for a better life! That was Clivescum’s ancestors that did that!

    You see, MY ancestors have been in this part of the country as LONG as Clivescum’s, but we have yet to murder innocent folks on their way to a better life!

    MY ancestors WORKED THEIR ASSES off in the coal mines to save up enough cash to BUY their farms outright! With cash money! We didn’t NEED the gummint tit like Clivescum’s ancestors! You see, Clivescum Ted Bundy’s ancestors have been MOOCHERS as long as Clivescum can remember!

    MY great granddad BOUGHT outright his place, as did MY granddad also, with money EARNED not from the gummint tit, but from BACK BREAKING LABOR at the 4500 ft. level in a coal mine! Lil’ traitor Mormon moron moocher CLIVEscum’s family has been SUCKIN’ large offn’ Unca Sugartit for a looooooong time now, when they AIN’T murderin’ innocent folks travelin’ west!

    And me, personally, I WORKED MY ASS OFF to buy the land I own, and I NEVER EVEN ONCE sucked off the gummint tit like the Scumby’s did!

    So, folks, be FORE you go to glamorizing a moronic Mormon MOOCHER like Clivescum ted Bundy, REALIZE that many, many, MOST real pioneers out west here did it the RIGHT way, with OUT slaughtering 120 innocent people headed out west, and by WORKING THEIR ASSES off in the mines with OUT sucking large off the gummint titty like ol’ Clivescum Ted Bundy, the moronic mormon MOOCHER! The dude’s a loser, folks, and the ONLY ones who are dumb enough to die for a gummint tit suckin’ MOOCHER are the Teatards! And that’s the TRVTH!

    If Clivescum the mormon moronic MOOCHER was black, he’d be as BLACK as any welfare queen THE ReePubes could envision! And that’s the TRVTH!

    • Your turn, craigy. Or skinner. Elucidate for us YOUR pioneer incestors! This otter be good! Oh, did I mention that Clivescum is ALSO a poly PIG a mist????? Great folks the inbreds wanna die for!!

      • Here’s one for ol’ Cliven Scumby, the moronic mormom MOOCHER! Livin’ LARGE offn’ Unca Sugartit! And NOT payin’ his share! Enjoy, Cliven Scumby, you moocher!

  • STILL don’t understand what the Big Kockhs want? Well, allow me! From the Big Kockhs themselves. The Kockh agenda. Enjoy.

    Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:
    •”We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
    •”We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
    •”We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
    •”We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
    •”We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
    •”We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
    •”We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
    •”We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
    •”As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
    •”We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
    •”We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
    •”We condemn compulsory education laws . and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
    •”We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
    •”We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
    •”We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
    •”We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
    •”We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
    •”We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called “self-protection” equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
    •”We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
    •”We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
    •”We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”
    •”We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”
    •”We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
    •”We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
    •”We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
    •”We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

    Welcome to Amerikkka! THIS is the country that Matt Rosey palm dale envisions! It’s all about freedumb, KOCKH freedumb! And the ReePubes are aiding and abetting!

  • What a bunch of crap. You want to criticize members of our CODEL for not showing up to talk to people? How about Max Sieben Baucus, who boycotted citizen interaction for a full two years?

    Daines has been everywhere, meeting with people he agrees with and people he disagrees with. I assure you he isn’t afraid to go to a candidate forum or debate against Walsh. Walsh cannot even put together a coherent sentence, he knows less than nothing about any area of policy (including defense, his supposed area of expertise) and he is generally a klutz in public.

    This entire post is a complete joke. Be intellectually honest enough to admit it after their first debate when Daines demonstrates his complete mastery of detail and Walsh drools on the floor.

    • Given your strong defense of Daines, surely you can explain why he’s skipping the Great Falls forum? Or perhaps you can list all the events he’s attended in Montana that didn’t involve hand-picked “crowds” of supporters?

      I can’t seem to find his schedule anywhere, but you seem to know it well. Feel free to share.

    • CJ, lil’ Giantfart, stevey daines, is a walking talking TALKING point!, just as all the Pubbies are. And even though Walsh is NOT a masterful speaker as you point out, he doesn’t have to be! All Walsh needs to do is to knock lil’ Giantfart OFF his talking points if he can! Hell, I’ve heard stevey debate. He debates like he has a STICK up his arse. He’s simply as boring as Walsh is, only he keep repeating his little Pube talking points that mean nothing!

      No, lil’ Giantfart is pleading the Fifth here, Joey. He will not debate in his own defense because he thinks he doesn’t HAVE to, and doing so will only expose him for the loser he is!

      Stevey is NOT a likeable fellow. He has the charisma of a turd in the punch bowl! And it shows. He is NOT a natural like ol’ sen. cornhole burns was. People don’t like the little runt! Hence, he has nothing to gain and everything to lose by debating!

      So, jo jo, he will continue hiding until such a time as the polls indicate that Walsh is pulling ahead. THEN, he might give it a try! And that would be fun!

      BTW, HOW is lil’ stevey gonna separate himself from Rightwingnow Technologies and their wacko creationist beliefs? THAT is the question! The Giantfarts DROPPED lil’ stevey drawers and ex POSED him for the wackjob he is! That’s gonna hurt him when someone finally asks him how old HE thinks the earth is!

      http://mtstreetfighter.com/daines-tea-party-friends-taking-swipes-at-walsh-2/

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