It’s a fair question. I don’t believe Ms. Juneau can win her congressional race by running a timid campaign.
On the other hand, we don’t hear much about her work in Montana’s Indian Country. By most accounts, there is a huge registration and get-out-the-vote drive on all seven reservations. At 6.5 percent of the Montana population, and many tribal members hitting voting age, it could make the difference.
And she is working the circuit as her Facebook page notes: parades, fairs, fundraisers and the like.
Logicosity’s complaint is issue based. What are the issues that separate her from Ryan Zinke? Well, there’s one but it’s getting a little threadbare, and it’s public lands. It’s the mantra of Montana Democrats this cycle and it plays well, but it isn’t enough. Zinke has a sketchy record on the issue but he doesn’t have nearly the baggage that Gov. Steve Bullock’s opponent, Greg Gianforte, has.
The other avenue the Juneau campaign is taking is the Trump/Zinke connection. Zinke continues to proudly support Trump despite racist, sexist, and anti-veteran comments. It’s a decent campaign strategy but, again, will it be enough?
A local Bernie Sanders activist said the other day that the movement (I prefer that term to revolution — we’re not Che Guevara here) is starting to lose steam. Outreach from the Juneau campaign to Bernie supporters could help rekindle that spirit, to a degree, and contribute enthusiasm, volunteers and voters. She’ll need a strong, progressive message to get them involved.
Democratic Party campaign advisors are playing it safe. They did so during the John Lewis congressional campaign in 2014 and that gave us Zinke.
To paraphrase Logicosity, it’s time to ramp up the campaign. The differences between Juneau and Zinke are stark and need to be on display.