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Zinke’s gung-ho personalities

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Bravo Zulu, or Well Done! in Navy speak, is a Ryan Zinke motto. It appears often in both his political and personal Twitter accounts. Hooyah! is another service call that makes it into his tweets.

Missoula writer Dan Brooks has an article in The New York Times Magazine analyzing Commander Zinke’s social media sites. There’s little blurring between Zinke’s political and personal accounts — soldier, patriot, Republican — the things that make up, Brooks writes, “a lifestyle brand.”

There are no scandalous revelations in the piece but there is this dichotomy: can a soldier do a politician’s work? According to a Zinke tweet, he promised to, “push back against making decisions based on politics, rather than what is right for the mission.”

But is the U.S. House of Representatives a political body or a military mission. It seems right now, to Zinke anyway, it’s a mission to block anything Pres. Barrack Obama advances: climate change mitigation, closing GITMO, health care, diplomacy, refugee resettlement …

A quick look at Zinke’s Facebook page reveals many more military references than congressional posts. Then there are the ubiquitous AR-15 fundraising raffles. And while many soldiers returning from battle in the Middle East decry our perpetual wars, he continues to saber rattle to the exclusion of all else.

There’s a history of honorable veterans serving in Congress. They tend to focus more on the intricacies of governing and less on reminding voters that it’s “Commander Zinke, SEAL Team SIX.”

Brooks wraps it up this way:

His social media persona captures the central fantasy of contemporary politics: that running this country is simple, so long as we are bluff, hearty and unusually brave.

 

 

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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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  • COMMANDER Zinke continues to VIOLATE DOD policy which REQUIRES a retired officer to SIGNIFY he is RETIRED in reference to his rank, as with no retired disclaimer it violates DOD
    policy to be involved politically, and when reservists use ranks in conjunction with elected officer or as a candidate, they MUST indicate their reserve and/or retired status. COMMANDER Zinke thinks we’re still his SUBORDINATES, not his constituents!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF, not BZ Zinke!

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