The San Francisco Chronicle and the Livingston Enterprise seem to think the spectacle of a former legislator running a roadblock and reaching for a gun is newsworthy, but as far as I can see, none of the state’s larger media outlets think it’s worth mentioning. Joel Boniek’s arrest is certainly newsworthy—on its own and as evidence of the continuing radicalization of Montana’s Republican Party.
Nationally, that radicalization has led lifelong Republican Michael Stafford to write an excellent piece explaining why he had to leave the Republican Party. He writes, “In the grip of this contagion, the Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner… it offers a dystopian vision of our future- a harsher, crueler and more merciless America starkly divided between the riders, and the ridden.”
Ken Miller is asking a District Court to reverse the Commissioner of Political Practices. I guess Miller would like to find an explanation for his trouncing in the Republican primary, but fluorescent shirts can’t vote.
It took less that 48 hours for some of Montana’s leading intellectual critics to exploit the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado for their uncompromising pro-gun positions. Champ Edmunds suggested another gun would have prevented the shootings, TEA Party leader Eric Olsen found a way to blame President Obama, and legislative candidate Gary Marbut managed to smear the police and engage in some amateur psychology.
Would it too much to let grieving families bury their dead before trying to exploit a tragedy?
In the excellent news that the anti-woman “personhood” amendment CI-108 failed to gain enough signatures to make the ballot, came this argument from Annie Bukacek, the leader of the group driving its passage: “the group “will continue the fight, and then some.” It is now focusing on the promotion of “uncompromising pro-life candidates.” I’d watch the candidates they endorse—since the public has absolutely rejected their extremist position, let’s not give them a Legislature that will do an end-run around the public, which clearly does not believe in their agenda.