Montana Politics

Conrad Burns: A Top Five Achievement


Congratulations to Senator Burns, for his latest achievement. One of the five worst Senators, as defined by a Time Magazine survey of dozens of current and former Senators, political scientists, and analysts.

Conrad Burns (Montana): “The Shock Jock” — As the Republican chairman of an Appropriations and a Commerce subcommittee, he has plenty of power, and he has used it over his 17 years in Washington to bring $2 billion to Montana. Yet the former Marine is in trouble. For starters, he is serially offensive. As for legislating, the former farm-radio broadcaster’s record over three terms is meager. Burns’ real problem, however, is not with making law but with staying on the right side of it. Federal investigators are looking into his ties to Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who has admitted bribing lawmakers, Time reports.

It makes sense. Montanans still agree. If we manage to lose this race, we’ll only have ourselves to blame, no matter how much media Burns can buy or how many smears Jason Klindt can concoct.

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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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