It’s almost as if Representative Rehberg has never run a real campaign before. Consider his latest stunt, in which he claimed he was offering a “made in Montana” solution to outside influence in Montana politics.
It turns out that Rehberg’s “Made in Montana” pledge was written by yet another Beltway insider, as ABC News reports:
But in both Montana and Massachusetts, the Republican candidates’ pledges to ban advertising from outside groups were written by the very type of outside group they were seeking to ban.
Sean Cairncross, a top election lawyer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which helps elect Republican candidates to the Senate, is listed as the author in the electronic signature of the letters both Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown sent to their opponents.
Given how idiotic Rehberg’s counter-proposal was, it seemed possible that he had even written it himself, but true to form, even when calling for Montana solutions, Rehberg let his owners in Washington write his proposal.
Lest you think it’s just politics, Rehberg loses out when it comes to substance, too. Even the conservative Montana blog The Western World noticed that it’s Senators Tester and Baucus who are getting credit for helping ensure the future of Montana Air National Guard:
He (Central Montana Defense Alliance Chairman David Weismann) wrote, “Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester worked closely with…” then said, “The Central Montana Defense Alliance would like to thank Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester for their tireless efforts in securing this new mission.”
But the biggest whack to Rehberg from Chairman Weissman was the part where he said, “…we reached out to our delegation and Baucus and Tester responded.” Double ouch!
2012 is becoming more clear every day. If Rehberg can’t manage the task of running a campaign and his Congressional office, why would anyone think it’s a good idea to promote him to the Senate?