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Representative Rehberg Draws MASSIVE Crowds, Commensurate Media Response

In events across the state yesterday, Representative Rehberg drew crowds of nearly a handful of people as he promised to “Liberate Main Street.” And the media was there to cover his tiny crowds and even smaller ideas.

Rehberg’s personal reporter at the Billings Gazette, Tom Lutey, neglected to mention the size of the massive crowd, but a photograph shows that at least six people unrelated to Ken Miller attended Rehberg’s session in his hometown. He also neglected to mention Mr. Rehberg’s opponent in the Senate race, who spent the day actually earning his pay, working in the Senate.

Contrast Mr. Lutey’s story with the one on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and you might begin to see why find Lutey’s perpetual boosterism for Representative Rehberg is so objectionable. The Chronicle story mentions the size of the crowd (near twenty) and gave the Democratic Party an opportunity to respond to Rehberg’s spin.

We were even treating to this insight from Mr. Rehberg’s brain:

“It’s just more of the same from Jon Tester and Montana Democrats,” he said. “A press release has never created a single job in Montana. Today Denny held and organized events all across the state, highlighting the need to liberate Main Street from policies that are coming out of Washington, D.C.”

I think Mr. Iverson may want to do a bit more research into job creation. I’m hard-pressed to understand how awkwardly fumbling through some prepared remarks to a clutch of Republican candidates for elected office created many jobs for Montanans today.

In the end, though, Rehberg and Iverson achieved their goals from a press far too willing to fill column inches with trivia and showmanship.

While I understand the cutbacks that make media coverage more complicated these days, news outlets would do a great deal to enhance both their credibility and the depth of their coverage if they stopped treating these manufactured theatrical productions as if they were worth covering—and spent some real time investigating the records and results from candidates.

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.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • DOPEY NEEDS A MIDGET! Yep, that’s what Dopey Reeburp needs. And a broom! Ever see Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Dopey could learn a thing or two from Hollywood. Think I’ll send my copy to Iverscum. It’s chock full of campaign advice for a guy who’s become a cartoon character. Dopey is a walking, talking rightwing talking point. A cartoon gone bad. BEFORE the dude even opens his mouth, you know what he’s gonna say! That’s why I say a midget is in order. It’s bout the ONLY thing left that’s novel for Dopey to try!

    But seriously, Dopey’s gonna “liberate”???? What the FAAAAA is THAT supposed to mean? Is Dopey now the new Simon Bolivar, the Gran Libertador? Or just an idiot? I vote for idiot. Dopey’s PALS, the Big Kockhs and Co., have ALREADY liberated our money from us!

    No, I don’t see Dopey Reeburp and the Gran Libertador. More like the Gran Idiota!

    • Here’s how I envision our Gran Libertador/Idiota when I hear the would “liberate”. Iverscum, THIS is what Dopey should be wearing! Got a good tailor, dude? Get Dopey a good liberator outfit and I’m POSITIVE that you’ll attract more than just flies on your next speaking tour! Heck, in fact, you JUST might be a hit with the gay and LESBIAN crowd too! Ya never know!

  • Here, Iverscum, I’ll provide you with some talking points for Dopey. No, sorry. I don’t have a midget. But take these talking points and call me in the morning. You’ll feel better I’m sure.

    Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things…every one! So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.” — Matt Santos, The West Wing

  • Really? Rehbergs Liberate Main Street rally Kick off is held at a Bar in Bozeman??? How appropriate for a republican drunk on big oil and KOCH money! And Daines was there also……oh good grief!

    Notice how he didn’t want to talk about selling his company and probably, selling out the 1000 jobs in Bozeman to Oracle either!

  • “We’re overtaxed, over-regulated and overlitigated,” said Rehberg,

    Over WHAT?? Did that moron Dopey REALLY say that we’re “overlitigated”? This idiot has no shame! And “over regulated as well”?? Now that’s too funny. Well, as the comments at the Blgs Gazoo indicate folks have NOT forgotten Dopey’s lawsuit against the fire fighters. THAT could be one reason why, after excluding Dopey’s people and the press, NO ONE was actually in attendance! Dopey was talking to himself! THIS is not good news for Dopey. He can’t even draw flies any longer even though he’s covered in EXcrement!

    And also, who can forget Dopey’s FIVE HUNDRED FREAKIN’ PAGE LONG list of requirements to live in the Reeburp Goat Ranch EEStates up on the Rims! Over regulated, huh? THIS is something the Reeburps KNOW something about. How to over regulate people! (and I believe folks who live up there are still suing the Reeburps about all this.)

    Dopey is an embarrassment. The man is completely without shame. He has been pimping for SO long, that it’s all he has left. And now, he’s got his KID a job in the pimp business! If you work at a job long enough, you actually BECOME the job! Dopey has BECOME a pimp! Hence, the little pimp/porn star mustache. It’s him!

    I think he’s done. Even WITH all the unlimited billions of the Big Kockhs, there AIN’T no polishin’ THIS turd up enough. Now, he’s just what he appears to be, a shiny turd! And folks don’t want nuthin’ to do with him any longer. Maybe he can sell used cars! He’s got the looks!

  • The Brits complaint about the Amercan troops during WWII. “They’re overpaid, oversexed, and over here”.

    The Dopey Reeburp complaint. “I’m just plain OVER”!…as in done.

    Buh BYE, Dopey! You’ll SOON be pimpin’ with sen. cornrad buns, your kid, and Jerkoffametto in their pimping, OOPS! I mean consulting business!

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