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Conrad Burns: Last Thoughts

I’m done writing about Conrad Burns. This is my last post on the man. Okay, until the indictment comes down.

Conrad’s angry, it turns out, with the media, because they picked on him during the campaign. Leaving a group of reporters at the Capitol, Burns left a message for the press:

As he stepped on to the elevator to head to his office, he told a group of reporters to read the 109th Psalm in the Bible.

That passage opens, “Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.”

Classy move from a classy guy. The Montana press that has largely given him a free pass for 18 years is now “wicked” and “deceitful” because they had the audacity to print stories critical of him. Perhaps the embarrassing old crook forgot that the Montana media:

Here’s a newsflash for Conrad. You lost because you ran a campaign that suggested you were entitled to the job. You lost because you spokesman for much of the campaign was walking cliche, a pale shadow of Karl Rove without the intellect. You lost because you lost your way in Washington.

I’m done with you…and it sounds Montana might be, too:

He said he feels “pretty good” and said he will probably return to Montana to live.

Goodbye, Senator.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.


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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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