Quick Takes: Rosendale Gets TEA, Daines Gets an Audience, Wittich Gets Paranoid, and More

Shares

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.

If you appreciate our efforts to hold Montana Republicans accountable and the independent journalism here at The Montana Post, please consider supporting our work with a small pledge.

About the author

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.

20
Leave a Reply

avatar
20 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
9 Comment authors
Bob MarleyMarkTokarskigpstbergdpogrebaHelena Insider Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Pete Talbot
Guest

This is a sad, sad state of affairs.  Not only does the next, possible, Senator from Montana want creationism taught in our public schools, I see that our neighbor to the south is axing the updated national science curriculum.  Apparently, the Wyoming Board of Education doesn’t like any reference to climate change or its connection to human activity.

Great to see moronism being advanced to the next generation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/us/science-standards-divide-a-state-built-on-coal-and-oil.html?_r=0

Jim Barrent
Guest
Jim Barrent

*”Flexible ideological positions”! that shit made my day.  You can fool some people sometimes thinks Stinky Zinke.

Larry Kralj
Guest
Larry Kralj

There was NO pushback, Pete.  The so called lefties in this state went full frontal paddy wms. a looong time ago.  They thought that being civil was the highest good, and that calling out nazzis was somehow improper.  Well, look where that has led!  And the press shriveled their gonads looong ago to keep their jobs.  We are now reaping what we sowed!

Big Swede
Guest
Big Swede

Finally a Rosendale hit piece.

I was thinking based on your several posts you were an exclusive Zinke stalker.

Pete Talbot
Guest

Who you backin’ Swede?

Helena Insider
Guest
Helena Insider

@Jim Barrent  Couldn’t agree more.  “Flexible ideological positions.” haha! This will surely come back to haunt Zinke if he does manage to make it out of the Primary Election.  No one – Democrat or Republican – wants to vote for someone that flips and flops on the issue of choice. And in Montana – also the issue of guns.  Things keep looking better for the Democrats in this race.

dpogreba
Guest

@Big Swede  I’m an equal opportunity hurler of snark at reactionaries.

Thanks for reading!

gpstberg
Guest
gpstberg

Sounds like Pat Connell is sensible.

MarkTokarski
Guest
MarkTokarski

Just like a dog coming to his food at night, you guys rally around elections. I’d feel better about the human condition if you had to be coerced or deeply fooled. But you sink your heads in voluntarily. It’s all you want, validation via elections. Nothing else matters.

Big Swede
Guest
Big Swede

Pete Talbot  I’m a single issue voter Pete and I’m voting for the drone shooter.

Larry Kralj
Guest
Larry Kralj

I will be voting for Dirk Adams.  He is the only one against the so called keystone pipeline.  At the debate here in GF, folks were astounded by the performance of walsh.  He sounded exactly like a Repiglicon when advocated privatizing social security.  On that alone I cannot vote for him.  He is NOT a Dem.  Hard to believe that this character is the best the Dems in Montana could come up with.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/21/new-film-destroys-transcanadas-sunny-keystone-pr-campaign/

Pete Talbot
Guest

Interesting.  There are a lot of quite conservative candidates in this race, though, who are going to split the vote, otherwise I’d say Zinke is in trouble.  Thanks for the candor, Swede.

Big Swede
Guest
Big Swede

Larry Kralj  So voting for Adams is a vote for mile long oil tanker trains running with in a few feet of the Yellowstone, Missouri, and Clark Forks rivers and their tributaries for one end of our state to the other.

Pete Talbot
Guest

@Big Swede Larry Kralj  Or we could make a massive commitment to alternative energy sources and conservation, and start reducing our reliance of fossil fuels …

Larry Kralj
Guest
Larry Kralj

I guess that walsh has followed orders for sooo long, that when the Kockhroach brothers say jump, he says how high, sir?!  Nope.  Walsh is an idiot. 
http://crooksandliars.com/2014/05/will-dems-campaign-expanding-social

Larry Kralj
Guest
Larry Kralj

Wishy Walshy probably thinks that this is a great idea too!  But he better wait for orders from higher up the chain of command before commenting.  You know, orders from the top, the Kockhroach brothers!
http://crooksandliars.com/2014/05/msnbcs-col-jack-jacobs-helps-mccain-push
p.s.  The folks who attended the debate in GF also told me that Wishy Walshy is about as articulate as a drunken sen. cornhole burns!  Not good.  Not good.

Big Swede
Guest
Big Swede

Pete Talbot  I like windmills Pete.  Only legal way to kill bald eagles.

Bob Marley
Guest
Bob Marley

Pete Talbot  
Rosendale and Stapleton?  pretty equal voting records with Rosendale being a bit more conservative than the latter.  Craziest candidate wins right>

Pete Talbot
Guest

@Bob Marley Pete Talbot  Right.

MarkTokarski
Guest
MarkTokarski

Brown has a great idea there, and Democrats will avoid him like Cliff Claven at a party. Democrat leaders too want to privatize Social Security, the only thing stopping them the immense popularity of the program. They are a far bigger threat to SS that Republicans, who fall on their swords when they go after it. So it is that right around the midpoint of the boom bust cycle, we hear privatization talk. Watch yer back. Obama might spring it on us. (Google “How Monica Saved Social Security” by Robin Blackburn to find out how incredibly close Clinton was to… Read more »

Support Our Work!

Poll

What would be the most appropriate nickname for Matt Rosendale?

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe Via E-mail

0 /* ]]> */