The duo of Neil Livingstone and Ryan Zinke began their statewide comedy tour yesterday, announcing their intentions to amuse bloggers and confuse the public before an inevitable, crushing defeat. Charles Johnson detailed the announcement.
Livingstone continued to demonstrate his farcical lack of knowledge about Montana politics, pledging to balance the budget as governor, perhaps not knowing the Constitution demands it; promising not to cut the “state police,” perhaps not knowing we have a Highway Patrol; and asserting that he will “put the Jolly Roger over the state Capitol,” perhaps not realizing that piracy is not a growth profession outside of Somalia.
Lt. Governor candidate Zinke, who tragically suffers from irony deficiency, criticized Rick Hill for not having a real job:
“We need someone who has been there in real business and not insurance business, but a real business that produces products.”
What does Zinke do for you a living, you might ask? He’s the CEO of a business development consultant company. If that isn’t someone who makes a living “producing products,” I don’t know who is.
And then Zinke ran the campaign RV into a supporter’s car. Seriously.
The only thing Livingstone’s candidacy has done is the near-impossible task of making Corey Stapleton not the least credible candidate for governor this cycle.
I suppose I could try to take this candidacy seriously, but even I were to disregard Mr. Livingstone’s total unfamiliarity with the state, his Peruvian campaign team, his incredibly troubling connections with international murder and terror, and even his recipes of the week, we’re left with a candidate who is offering nothing more than the same tired GOP talking points we’ve all grown accustomed to: cut business taxes, nullify federal environmental law, and cut the size of government.
There’s nothing new here, nothing that separates Livingstone from the the rest of the GOP field.
Except the body count.