Montana Politics


I don’t get involved in Twitter.  I don’t like it.  I think it’s a dozen people yipping at each other.  However, I do type in “#MTPOL” every once in a while to see if there are any interesting new links or posts.

Well, today was enough to take me out of retirement.

Bob Brigham, a marijuana legalization advocate, started tweeting at Montana Street Fighter and it got pretty tasteless, pretty quick.  So tasteless that I felt I needed to write something.

It seems that earlier today, Montana Street Fighter wrote a post about Senator Baucus’ efforts to “combat” veteran suicide rates.  Brigham, apparently, took offense.

Brigham is an ideologue and that’s fine.  Great.  We need ideologues.  However, Brigham crossed a fine line today.

You can see his tweets below.

Blaming a man for the death of his nephew is beyond shameful.  It makes my stomach churn.  It is literally churning as I write this.

And then to suggest Baucus’ nephew would have committed suicide if he hadn’t been killed in Iraq.  Again, my stomach is churning.

Let me speak directly to you, Bob.  You hate Baucus.  Everyone understands that.  But to politicize the death of his nephew is shameful.

You could have easily talked about Baucus’ voting history without being beyond nasty.  Your comments lack any sign of human decency and make people like me (who support your work) not want to ever get involved with you or your issues.  You’re better than this.

This is why people like me and, I go as far as to assume, Pogreba don’t participate in the blogosphere much anymore.  It’s nasty and ugly.

Again, Stomach. Is. Churning.


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  • Yup, that was a pretty nasty exchange. However, I would like to point out that America is not Japan. We don’t have a shame based culture, nor is shame effective here.

  • This will all come into play again as you all somnambulantly support Baucus as the lesser of evils in 2014. Baucus is a man who commands very little love and only reluctant loyalty, holding on to office despite low polls by means of cynical manipulations, much like his protege Jon Tester. He is a most uninspiring man, so that his barely concealed cynicism inspires hatred. i certainly find him repulsive. It does not bother me in least, even if unfair, for him to be attacked in this manner. Baucus is, after all, a creep.

    Hip hip hooo wha?

      • P.S. Yes, Brigham’s tweets were abhorrent. As far as tweeting goes, I don’t participate, either (being an old dog and all that) but I see in the news that the Pope now has a twitter account. I’ll be following that with bated breath … not.

        • If you’re referring to my comment, Mark, I’ve met the Senator once or twice. That’s irrelevant. Even Max can’t control who files against him in a primary. And I think the stars are now aligned to give a challenger a decent chance.

          • Of course he can control state politics. He will spend any opponent into the ground, the media will ignore the challenge, and if it survives all of that, the challenger will be found in a compromsiing situation.

            Do you not know politics? As Maxy says, your perceptions are your reality, and he controls them. Do you want to make a bet right now that you will vote for him in 2014?

  • Interesting how this mtstreetfighter blog appears out of thin air and seems to be run by Baucus flunkies. Ill have my popcorn ready for the full on tilt when the gloves come off between them and the Cowgirl Schweitzer flunkies for the primary in a few years if it goes down. Cowgirl at least has a more authentic feel to it at this time, Mtstreetfighter comes off like its run out of a conference room in DC by a bunch of geeks huddled around their computers doing research on montana, like that war room for Tester on Big Sky Big Money. They need to work on authenticity a little more.

    • It’s funny that Cowgirl hasn’t EVEN ADDED Street Fighter to their blog list!! Street Fighter has added Cowgirl. THIS blog adds blogs, too. IS SOMEONE BUTT HURT? Come on, kids! Just saying.

  • This is gone way over a line of decency. I knew Phil when he was growing up, that guy was a special one that lit up a room. America lost an incredible soldier and person when he was killed in Iraq. I know that Max and his entire family were devestated at such a tragic loss. Politicizing this in such a way is beyond gross, it is downright mean, unacceptable, and not the way we Montanans treat each other. (perhaps that’s the way they do it in Cali, Bob, but welcome back to Montana, that’s NOT the way we treat each other.) Please think of the family and friends that lost a light when we as a community lost Phil.

    I suggest to both Mark and Bob, you may dislike Max greatly, but stay above board. Take a deep breath and count to ten before you post vitriolic statements about people’s families. And if you disagree with someone politically, that’s great! Make persuasive comments and arguments about why votes are bad. Not cheap shots at a soldier’s family who gave his life.

  • Fer chrissakes, Phil is a member of this community with friends and family here, and an honorable soldier. Keep your political rantings in the realm they belong and don’t mix personal low ball attacks with political discourse. Or you lose all credibility and respect and make you no better than whom you claim to disparage.

  • twitter is something I resisted for awhile, but I’m glad I finally caved and familiarized myself with its possibilities, especially when it comes to poetry.

    like any tool, it’s how you use it, and if you don’t know how to limit the worthless noise that exists on twitter, that’s the fault of the user, not the medium.

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