On Thursday, Matt Rosendale announced that he had received the endorsement of the TEA Party Express. It seems that Rosendale has solidified the conservative wing of the party and many of its leaders. The only question seems to be whether that will be sufficient to overcome Senator Zinke’s well-financed campaign and flexible ideological positions.
You really have to read this story by Charles Johnson about State Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich. Faced with charges of campaign violations by Commissioner Motl, Wittich offered a simple answer in a motion before District Court: the charges against him are the result of a massive conspiracy conducted by Governor Bullock, Commissioner Motl, State Senator Bruce Tutvedt, former Commissioner Jim Murry, and 20 other people. It looks like the Clown Prince of Dark Money wants to entertain us all just a bit more before the justice he so richly deserves is served up to him.
Representative Daines made national news this week for his support of creationism, when Mother Jones reported that he’s not only held a fundraising event at a creationist museum, but believes that creationism should be taught in public schools. A truly horrifying article in Macleans suggests that the position Daines is taking isn’t one without supporters:
A national poll, conducted in March for the Associated Press, found that 42 per cent of Americans are “not too” or “not at all” confident that all life on Earth is the product of evolution. Similarly, 51 per cent of people expressed skepticism that the universe started with a “big bang” 13.8 billion years ago, and 36 per cent doubted the Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years.
That audience is potentially quite a bit larger than the one he found in Drummond, where four people showed up for “Coffee with Your Congressman.”
Over in Ravalli County, there’s more fighting about what it means to be an actual Republican, this time in the primary between Senator Scott Boulanger and Representative Pat Connell. Boulanger, it seems, believes that Connell is a secret Democrat. While Connell is certainly not a Democrat, he does understand what’s wrong with the Republican Party and how dangerous their ideology has become:
“Adult life is not the same as being a toddler where you can throw a fit and hope for the best,” Connell said. “Life is about resolving our differences in a rational way. Maybe that’s called compromise. I don’t know.”
Connell can’t say for sure what’s caused the rift in his party. He thinks it comes, in part, from the fear of the current Washington administration and a 24-hour media that delivers mostly sound bites and very little detail.
“I can tell you that there’s no question in my party today there are an awful lot of folks who believe you have to be ultra-conservative to be a Republican,” he said. “I will tell you that the road to dictatorship is paved with political purity.