The Straight Talk Express Derails Again…


John McCain is certainly proving to be the candidate we thought he would be: unwilling to live up to his reputation as a straight shooter. As much as the media enjoys eating his barbecue and pretending that McCain is the most honest politician of all time, he keeps reminding voters that that persona is just for show.

His latest gaffe? Not completing the Project Vote Smart political issues test, even though he is a Board member of the organization…or was:

A voter-education group has kicked Republican John McCain off its board, saying he failed to fill out a political courage test on the issues…
McCain has passed the test in all of his previous campaigns and was a member of Vote Smart’s governing board, Vote Smart President Richard Kimball said Monday. The only way to fail the test is to not take it, he added.
“(McCain) has always taken it, always been very faithful,” Kimball said. “We were all very disappointed that he chose not to do it.”

I’ve been critical of Democrats for not filling out the survey in the past. I anticipate that Montana’s conservative bloggers will take up the cause and condemn McCain. After all, in the worlds of Jack the Blogger, “Shame on any candidate who does not complete the survey.”

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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