Today seems to be another one of those days in which Representative Rehberg and his campaign staff are doing their best to define just what an ass the Congressman is. Confronted by a reporter in Esquire magazine about Rehberg’s repeated alcohol-related injuries, this was the best response the Rehberg team could muster:
He [Erik Iverson] added that the Rehberg campaign wouldn’t be engaging in such personal attacks, but then in almost the next breath tried to poke holes in “this carefully crafted image that Tester is somehow some sort of centrist conservative Democrat,” saying: “It just isn’t true. I mean, the guy is a liberal former music teacher.”
It seems quite appropriate that in the mind of Dennis Rehberg, calling someone a teacher is some kind of pejorative. Educating himself—or helping others to get an education—has never really been a priority for him.
Compare Senator Tester, who served his community as a teacher and then school board member (and who still manages to serve his constituents and harvest his crops) with Rehberg, who loves Washington more than his roots in Montana:
And the wimp-by-insinuation game can, of course, go both ways. Rehberg, it turns out, is a rancher who doesn’t really ranch anymore, having given up first on cattle and then on cashmere goats because, Iverson admitted, “he couldn’t manage the herd and going back and forth between Montana and D.C.”
One of the candidates for Senate talks about Montana values; the other one lives them.