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By now, everyone has heard that the Senate Republicans’ “repeal and replace” is dead, or at least in hospice care.

Let’s take a ride in the Daines-Zinke pimpmobile to see how they handled the situation.

Daines offered up an amendment to the health-care bill advancing single-payer. He hates single-payer but ahead of the 2018 elections, particularly Montana’s, he wanted to flush out “socialists” who might support the idea. Playing politics instead of representing Montanans seems to be Daines’ strong suit. Pogreba has the replay here. Also, here’s a great exchange between Daines and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Game, set, match: Bernie.

But unfortunately, Sen. Jon Tester wasn’t on the same page as most Democrats in the Senate and voted ‘no’ along with three other Democrats, an Independent and all the Republicans. The 43 other Dems voted ‘present’. Here’s the Flathead Memo’s take.

For the final “skinny repeal” vote held Thursday, trained SEAL and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke phoned Alaska’s senators and threatened to halt projects in the Last Frontier if they didn’t vote ‘yes’. What role the Department of the Interior has in the health care debate is a reasonable question. It was a bumbling move, as the Washington Post points out:

This demonstrated the degree to which Zinke’s ham-handed phone call was political malpractice. The secretary, or whoever at the White House ordered him to make the calls, clearly doesn’t understand the awesome power that comes with being the chairman of a Senate committee. Only an amateur would threaten the person who has oversight over his agency! If she wants, Murkowski can make Zinke’s life so unbelievably miserable. He has no idea. (The Interior Department did not respond to requests for comment.)

One might wonder where Daines and Zinke fall in the following quote:

“Some would say a whore don’t have no expectation of Heaven. I’d say, if she gives value for cash, she’s got a better shot at God’s blessing than your average banker. Jesus loved Mary Magdalene. He kicked over tables when He met a moneylender.” Elizabeth Bear in Karen Memory

Montanans should be embarrassed that we’ve allowed Daines and Zinke to advance this far in politics.

UPDATE: I was taken to task for my “whore” reference, and rightfully so, but let me explain. My apologies to female and male prostitutes everywhere. I meant no “slut shaming.” Those folks ended up in the trade because of abuse. addiction and other demeaning factors. There’s no excuse for the path Daines and Zinke have taken, and I thought the quote from a noted, award-winning female author summed it up. Replace “banker” with Daines or Zinke, and you get my gist, I hope.

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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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Cheryl Bramsen-Sage
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Cheryl Bramsen-Sage

Zinke is a snake! He accomplished nothing while representing us in the House. Daines can now be considered Pro Choice as he doesn’t support live children so he must not want them born.

Cara Lokken-Frandsen
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Cara Lokken-Frandsen

There is Daines, Zinke however, you missed one. We should be embarrassed of Greg Gianforte as well.

Greg Strandberg
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The real embarrassment is the Montana Democratic Party, and their utter failure to beat these guys.

Big Swede
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Actually the real embarrassment is the continued Rebublican bashing by this site before and after the election with literally no effect on the MT voter.

Don Pogreba
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True. You know who’s making a real difference? An anonymous troll commenting on the posts we make.

You, sir, are the real change.

Big Swede
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Anonymous trolling or not Don, can you point to any results of your Daines or GG derangement syndromes?

Cause I can’t see any.

Don Pogreba
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Think of the service I provide you. If you read and comment on enough of the posts I write, perhaps one day you’ll learn something. I might have to keep at this for another decade or so, but perhaps one day a fact will pierce your conservative media-addled brain.

Big Swede
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You’ve taught me well Don.

About bitterness and losing.

dpogreba
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I think you were intimately familiar with those concepts every night when you sit down to your TV dinner and turn on Sean Hannity.

Greg Strandberg
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Here’s a guy that doesn’t write books and didn’t get 18% of the vote. How can we bash him and his ideas? I mean…he’s speaking out against Democrats. Clearly he must be a bad guy. Let’s attack him. “It’s certainly not news that the Democrats seem far more intent on bashing Trump than actually getting anything done for the nation. Bashing Republicans has been their modus operandi for many years, culminating in the losing candidacy of Hillary Clinton last November. But here’s the real tragedy — even though Trump has the lowest approval of any recent president at this point… Read more »

petetalbot
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petetalbot

You, sir, are not George Ochenski. I’ve seen your rants in City Council chambers and at you site. Really constructive stuff. Ochenski hasn’t called anyone “fat, drunk and stupid” in his column. And he has some valid points about Democratic leadership. I’ve seldom seen or heard reasonable suggestions from you.

Greg Strandberg
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I’m impressed that Mayor Engen is looking so good. It’s amazing what happens when you stop drinking each day at noon (work days included) and decide to clean up your live. That still doesn’t excuse the 12 years of fat, drunk and stupid we got from the idiot. Missoulians recognize what this looks like – 95% tax increases over 12 years, a city that’s $250 million in debt, and an economy that mostly adds service industry jobs. Then local Dems like Sue Malek blame Trump for our terrible local economy, when the Missoula Current runs a story showing us job… Read more »

Don Pogreba
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Are you ideally situated to criticize someone’s work output, Greg? I don’t get the sense that you’re a big contributor to the economy.

Big Swede
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Thanks Greg. Here’s a little know fact you can use. Don ran in the primaries in ’08 and got a whopping 2% of the votes cast by Democrats.

Don Pogreba
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That’s offensive. I got 3%.

Jeff Phillips
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Jeff Phillips

God. Politics is personal and nasty isn’t it? I think I’ll stick with science.

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