Montana Politics

Ken Miller, the TEA Party Candidate Who Will Attract Democratic Voters?

The Daily Interlake is featuring a story today about the man I sort of expect to become the next Bob Kelleher, Laurel’s Ken Miller.

Miller has a peculiar view of those he fancies likely to vote for him. He told the Interlake:

And Miller sees this as a good time for a grass-roots candidate in Montana politics. He made an unsuccessful run for governor in 2004, but he said this time around is different with people previously uninvolved in politics, including independents and Democrats, who now are engaged.
Those voters, he said, will support a conservative like him because there are common goals.

I have a hard time imagining many independents and Democrats crossing over to vote for someone like Miller, who has the most radical conservative agenda of the 12-pack or so of Republican candidates for governor. One imagines that his first act as governor would be to outlaw evolution—not the teaching of it, but its existence.

Miller also demonstrated his policy chops, suggesting a massive cut in the size of state government for no real reason:

Miller said he would cut the governor’s budget by 10 percent “just to set an example” and he would pursue some across-the-board cuts as well as targeted cuts in state government spending.

Slogan are easy; governing is hard. That kind of irresponsible rhetoric probably plays well to Miller’s army of fluorescent-shirted followers, but Montanans expect executive leadership based on reason, not the application of poor parenting strategies.

In a related note, a friend got this rather amazing message from Miller, in which he touts a new “cutting edge” development in his campaign. The tech? Text messages.


I look forward to my next numeric page from the Miller campaign: given that he would move Montana back fifty years with his social agenda, a generation back isn’t too much to ask for his technology.

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