The Republican Convention: Bigots and Crackpots, Oh My!

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It’s always an adventure when the Republicans come to town for their annual convention, but it does seem more than a bit unfair that Helena has to host them so soon after a legislative session. This year’s event promises to be another entertaining show, given the ongoing war between the “Responsible Republicans” and those Republicans who want to tear down every government building by hand.

Musical Chairs Might Get Ugly

The race for chair of the party promises to be a wildly entertaining fight between Representative Jeff Essman, incumbent technophile Will Deschamps, and Agenda-21 warrior Dan Happel. Deschamps is probably the favorite to hold onto the job, despite his demonstrated inability to hold his party together or craft a message using tools developed after 1904. The most entertaining candidate is no doubt conspiracy theorist Dan Happel, who has the endorsement of such GOP notables as Robert Fanning and Ken Miller, who wrote in support of Happel that “Conservatives all across Montana have become tired and frustrated with the lack of leadership of the Republican Party and I share in those feelings.”

Jeff Essman, who emerged from the last legislative session as a far more sensible, if misguided voice than he has been in the past, has little chance of cracking this juggernaut of candidates, given his slight move towards reason.

Bringing in A Bigoted Loon Might Not Be the Best Idea Right Now

Fresh off the news that Representative Zinke, who has a penchant for radical anti-government support, had to return donations to white supremacists, it may not be [pullquote]Who did Zinke, Daines, and the rest of Montana’s Republicans pick to speak to them? A tiny, angry, racist, homophobic conspiracy theorist who overcompensates for his inadequacies with an obsessive focus on guns, who just happens to be troublingly fixated on bestiality.[/pullquote] the best idea to bring in Texas Representative Louie Gohmert to speak to the body.

Zinke approves, though, posting on his Facebook page how excited he is that “his friend” will be in attendance.

Gohmert is, perhaps, the craziest member of the United States Congress in a century. Among his greatest hits include the assertion that President Obama’s response to the BP oil spill was just like the way Hitler would have responded, that hate crimes legislation will lead to the legalization of bestiality that would, of course, lead to Nazism, that we need to fear Spanish-speaking immigrants more because they are cover for Islamic terrorism, that gun control will lead to bestiality, that taxes are wrong because Jesus didn’t believe in theft, and that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy threatened the existence of the country.

And don’t forget his paranoid fear about “TERRRRRROR babies.” If you haven’t seen the video, it’s must-see.

And let’s not overlook that Gohmert compared civil rights for African-Americans with rights for insects and lizards at a Congressional hearing.

Who did Zinke, Daines, and the rest of Montana’s Republicans pick to speak to them? A tiny, angry, racist, homophobic conspiracy theorist who overcompensates for his inadequacies with an obsessive focus on guns, who just happens to be troublingly fixated on bestiality.

You can discern a great deal about the Montana Republican Party based on the choice to bring Zinke’s “friend” to Montana: they’ve embraced the anti-rational, anti-humanity fever dream that seems to have captured a fair percentage of today’s conservative movement.

And nothing says you are opposed to bigotry like bringing in your bigoted friend to speak to the party.

Will Gianforte Announce?

Dwarfing even Louie Gohmert’s arrival is the big question of the event: will Greg Gianforte announce that he plans to lose a bid for governor? Will he condemn retirement, science, and equal pay for equal work in that announcement?

Not even the juggernaut of Brad Johnson can stop that train, which left the station awhile ago.

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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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Have you ever noticed just how obsessed these folks are with bestiality? As if the only thing keeping them from bestiality is the law? I don’t really need a law to tell me not to do that to a creature that can’t consent, but maybe others need more guidance.

Greg Strandberg
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“Not even the juggernaut of Brad Johnson can stop that train…”

Good one.

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I shudder to think of the GOP for 2016 campaign ads. It is going to be the biggest trail of lIes ever on television.

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In 2012, Rick Hill spent over $300,000 in his loss to Bullock, though he did face a primary. Bullock spent slightly less than $80,000 and was left with a warchest of over half a million. Both candidates combined took in slightly more than $300,000. It’s good to note these things if only for this reason: Even if Bullock begins with his fat stacks and adds another $500,000 in donation, his overall warchest will still be significantly less than .1% (that’s point one) of Gianforte’s personal wealth, barring any contributions at all. He doesn’t need to present a platform or positions.… Read more »

dpogreba
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Oh, sure. If, for some reason he didn’t want to run, they’d probably beg him for two days. I just don’t think he’s likely to beat a successful governor on an agenda of bigotry and telecommuting.

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I defer to the wisdom of C. Lauper on this matter. Money changes everything. 😉

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I hope there is no angst over me being too flippant (which has happened in the last day) so allow me to clarify. 2016 looks to be a good year for Democrats in Montana, but only if there is a base energized as it was for the federal elections in 2012 and 2008. Amanda Curtis was a very energizing candidate but barely broke 40% against what energizes the right: Rich Man Money. All of the attacks leveled against Daines were hollow because they should have been directed at Gianforte, as they are now. But we already have the baseline for… Read more »

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Not at all. No worries about any angst here.

I think you have a valid point, and the media is likely to be even less a watchdog this time around. I just have this feeling that Gianforte is too arrogant to hide his extremist views, where Daines was more willing to dissemble and Fox was able to hide without saying anything at all.

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Wow! Jeff Esswipe doubles down on the crazy! Interesting the way the ReePukes bring in all these outta state little nazzzi floozies like jnnifer fiddler to bolster their party and do the dirty work! But hey, when you got a guy like louiie goomert working to get god’s stamp of approval for you, what the hell COULD go wrong? What a bunch-o-buffoons! Hard to believe. Will they get any traction with Montana voters? Depends. Depends on how many christofascist inbred racist supporters they can attract to Montana! And they’re comin’ by the busload now daily! The new white homeland is… Read more »

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p.s. I’m a little disappointed that the ReePubes went with Gooey Gomer as a speaker. Was this guy not available? I’m sure that he’s a good buddy of ms. jeffsniffer fiddler! They’re on the same wave length!
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/06/white-supremacist-who-inspired-dylann-roof-calls-charleston-a-preview-of-coming-attractions/

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The Gooeey Gomer welcoming committee! I think I see ms. jeffsniffer fieldler in there too, along with jeff esswipe hisself! For you see, mr. esswipe is NOT an “empty suit” like he claims that Gov. Bullock is. Esswipe is ’bout three hunnerd pounds of DOG sh*t in his fatassed suit! He’s kina easy to spot!
It ain’t hate. It’s their heritage!………………..yeah right! Do we really want these inbreds movin’ to our beautiful Montana? I ask, you decide!
http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2211/6908/original.jpg

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Gen. Robert E. Skees makes an appearance at the Pube Convention to express his free speech rights by displaying his “heritage”! Is then inbred general running for anything this time around? I miss him, and I miss his love child he had with jeffsniffer fiedler, arnie nudescum! The clown car has become a classic! And I love classic cars!
http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2211/6719/original.jpg

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A leetle history for the inbreds who display that vile flag, in CLUDING that idiot heart doctor here in GF, one Dr. Walker, who was proudly flying this flag off his office building the other day when I went by. I immediately called his office and informed them that I WOULD be making his vile display of that hated flag public! Can you even imagine a medical professional here in good ol’ GF displaying the stars and bars? What IS he, a freakin’ inbred idiot??? We don’t need/want these kind of racist asshooles moving to Montana. Keep it down south,… Read more »

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Their “heritage”, in pics! Next time you see someone displaying the stars and bars, understand what they’re celebrating! Keep the racist inbreds outta Montana. Send’em packing back to the sh*thole sout that they created! They created it, they OWN it!
http://withoutsanctuary.org/main.html

Lk
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THIS is your penis on Jeezus! Not even once! Jeez, he even LOOKS like a dickhead! No wonder Esswipe luvs him some gooey gomer!
http://images.dailykos.com/images/135305/large/Americas-Dumbest-Congressma.png?1427151689

Lk
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Lk

At least Kerry had the decency to wear a condom!
http://www.threedonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/kerry-suit.jpg

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