Unbelievable: Zinke is Secretary of the Interior?

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To quote Woody Allen: “This is a travesty of a mockery of a sham.”

Continuing to pick the least qualified people to fill his cabinet, it looks like President-elect Donald Trump may choose Montana’s Rep. Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior.

Zinke’s background in managing federal lands, waterways, wildlife and fish, natural resources and National Parks consists of … nada. He was an early adapter to Trump’s campaign and it paid off. But it could still be a risky move. He’s leaving a safe U.S. House seat and hitching his wagon to an eventual falling star.

I suppose Montanans are excited by the prospect of having one of their own in a cabinet position. I’m not one of them. I’d prefer someone with a basic understanding of science as it relates to prairies and forests and wetlands. Someone who understands sustainability. Someone who won’t, despite his denials, auction off our public lands to the highest bidder. Someone who sees the value in wild, expanded, connected lands before they’re all gone.

Is there an upside? Perhaps Sen. Jon Tester is breathing a sigh of relief that he may not have Zinke as an opponent in 2018, although I think Tester would beat Zinke, especially as the Trump administration goes down in flames. It will be interesting to see if Tester votes to confirm Zinke.

Perhaps even more interesting is who the Republicans will choose as his replacement: a place holder or someone who will seriously vie for the job when a special election is held next year, and who will the Democrats choose to go after the seat?

More later as events warrant and the appointment actually materializes.

UPDATE: It appears that the governor won’t be choosing a replacement for Zinke. The U.S. Constitution trumps (no pun intended) the Montana Constitution on this matter. There will be a special election, next year, supposedly around 100 days after the Zinke resignation. This should get interesting.

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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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Eugene Kiedrowski
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As much as I would love Montana to be rid of this Californian, he would not be good for our public lands, fisheries and wildlife. He is a lackey that will sell his soul to have power (not unlike a lot of the folk he keeps company with). Let’s hope that if he is chosen, that in very short order, he is either not confirmed or removed from office when he violates our trust (and/or the Constitution or laws).

James Conner
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Zinke has a B.S. in geology from the University of Oregon.

Eric Coobs
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You are in serious “Dem denial” Eugene – since when doesn’t a GOP Congress confirm anybody the leader of their party nominates.?

I hope Greg Gianforte steps up.

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Freshman Congressman Zinke to head up the Department of Interior(DOI)? Remember it was Zinke who acted to block the DOI into even considering the three year trail of evidence of Coal companies underpaying Federal Royalty Taxes to take away coal. Underpaying by understating the price paid for coal contractually intended to be exported to the far side of the Pacific rim. Somehow our one Representative acted only to represent, and incentivise Big Coal to export coal and rip off the USA. Ryan Zinke was also duped to support and Vote to deny State’s Rights, also to Deny Americans Right to… Read more »

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Well, Slinky the Barking Seal created at least ONE job already, just like he said he would. HIS OWN! From Seal to Poodle, Slinky is now in charge of Poodle Team Six! He’s a Ras Putin poodle! Time for Slinky to appear before a senate committee and answer a few questions, like what you knew and when you knew it. I lay you money that Slinky knew about the Russian interference, for he probably helped DESIGN it along with his little bald headed buddy neil livinstone! It’s what these little traitorous cheese balls do! Livingstone even BRAGS about affecting the… Read more »

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From the NY Times article: “The guy was brilliant,” said Neil C. Livingstone, chief executive of GlobalOptions, a risk management and security firm, who worked with Mr. Stevens in various corners of the world and Republican politics. “It takes someone else a week to figure out all the angles, but Greg would walk in and two hours later he’d say, ‘This is what’s going to happen; this is what we have to do.”‘ Mr. Livingstone said Mr. Stevens had compiled a record of 18 victories for presidents or prime ministers in 26 elections worldwide.” Senate, do you job! Call the… Read more »

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UH oh. The noose tightens around Slinky the Barking Seal and his lil’ butt buddy nneil livingscam! Luv it. Hey, fellas, I hear that Russia is nice this time of year!

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-making-inquiry-ex-trump-campaign-manager-s-foreign-ties-n675881

LK
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Come ON, Slinky. Just admit it. You and baldy boy are up to your tighty whities in this mess! You dudes are traitors, Slinky, and you know it! I won’t stop until you’re outed! And where you belong!

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB117674837248471543

And to think that we taxpayers paid for your military career. Well, the LEAST we can do now it take your pension and make you get a REAL job for once in your pathetic life!

LK
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Jeebus. What a web of evil slime Slinky is in! “According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. Sessions recently approached former colleagues at Justice with an unusual offer: Mr. Mogilevich would provide the U.S. with intelligence on Islamist terrorism if prosecutors opened negotiations to resolve his legal problems in the U.S. Federal prosecutors rejected that offer, lawyers and others familiar with the matter said. Mr. Sessions’s firm and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. The Mogilevich talks were brokered by a prominent Washington security expert named Neil C. Livingstone, who was briefly in the news during the 1980s… Read more »

LK
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LK
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LK

It’s called treason, Slinky.

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LK
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Bet that Slinky the Barking Seal, Commander of Poodle Team Six, wouldn’t even KNOW who this guy is. After all, he’s got a football degree form U of O. Too funny. It’s like the General saw Trump coming 2500 years ago: “If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.” ? Sun Tzu. What many folks don’t realize is that Sun Tzu also said, “If you see a brain dead seal poodle, CHEER his ascension to the inner circle of your enemy’s power, for you job is a whole… Read more »

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Oh sweet Jesus what HAVE we done? Only a venal moron like Slinky the Barking Seal, leader of Poodle Team Six, is frickin’ stoopid enuff to hitch his wagon to a turd like Drumpf! John Kennedy could go anywhere in the world and be received by adoring crowds. So could Clinton. And so could O’Bama. Hell, Bush had to have London shut down before his visit. And now, it’ll be interesting to see how Drumpf is received. He’ll get a warm welcome by the neo-nazzi crowd in Europe I’m sure. Sad, so sad what we’ve done. OR should say what… Read more »

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p.s. When they go after gummint waste, I HOPE they cut Slinky’s military pension first! Biggest waste I know of. We paid to create a traitor. If he loses his pension, he might just have to go work for Puty Poot! Oh wait, he already is!

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Slinky’s buds??? Yep. Come ON, Slinky. Just what is it that you like about Herr Drumpenfuhrer? We really want to know!

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/white-supremacists-target-montana-towns-jewish-population-for-trolling-and-harassment/

LK
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Lefties, a piece of advice. Nazzzis like lil’ Richard Sphincter ONLY attack soft targets. In other words, folks who won’t fight back. True story. Therefore, make yourselves hard targets! If they want to get tough, YOU get tough right back. Only tougher! And I guarantee they won’t be back. Guys like Sphincter and his inbred followers at NOT invincible. I’ve been tweaking their noses for years. And I know what they are. They’re cowards. Oh sure, that’s not the way we want to do things. I understand perfectly. But unfortunately, that’s the world we live in. It’s more important now… Read more »

LK
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Jesus. You just KNOW it’s bad when even John McCain says it’s bad. Now, let’s get that investigation started! First up, let’s call on Slinky the Barking Seal and his lil’ butter buddy Livingstone! I want to know what they knew and when they knew it! For this is right out of their dirty tricks play book! Them along with Roger Stone, Manafort, Oly North and others! These guys are TRATIORS! And it’s time for them to spend a long, loooong vacation in a tropical place…….LIKE GUANTAMO! Where we put traitors and terrorists! http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/they-may-destroy-democracy-mccain-rips-fellow-gopers-for-stalling-investigation-of-russia-hacks/

LK
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Slinky looks good as a blond!

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I’m old. HEY, some day you guys might be too. So bear with me. When you get old, some days it’s hard to take a good morning Drumpf. Yep. It’s hard to take a good Drumpf and wipe your Zinkenshizer. Hell, fat as I am, I can barely REACH my Zinkenshizer any more! Or Zinke for short. But gawd DAMM there ain’t nuthin’ like a nazzzi puke takin’ a Drumpf in public to get me motivated! I don’t bleeve I’ve EVER seen a fella take a public Drumpf like Bill O’Lielly before! And I theenk I seen sumthin’ actually hangin’… Read more »

LK
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Slinky’s new boss, in all his glory! Go for it, Zinkenshizer! Just do it. You know you can, californyeeha boy! Just think of your BUD training. THIS is your new bud!

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