A month ago, I wrote about Bob Brigham’s tasteless attack on Senator Baucus. As I wrote in my previous post, “Brigham is an ideologue and that’s fine. Great. We need ideologues.” However, I have two problems with how the man engages in the political sphere in Montana: first, his hatred for Senator Baucus is so extreme, that he’s become detached from reality. Second, how is he supposed to be an effective spokesperson for the legalization of Marijuana when he spends the majority of his day polarizing everyone to the right of him, which includes a large majority of the Democratic Party.
This evening, Chuck Johnson broke the news that Champ Edmunds is “exploring” a run for the U.S. Senate. Liberals on Facebook and Twitter were quick to joyfully mock the news – well, most “liberals.” Bob Brigham, who also spent most of the day Tweeting back and forth with Aaron Flint praising Flint for his disrespectful harassment of Baucus, seems to think Edmunds is a serious contender to take on Montana’s Senior Senator.
Brigham’s hatred for Baucus has become so intense, that it’s no longer about policy; it’s just detached ranting. When someone thinks Champ Edmunds is a legitimate candidate for U.S. Senate, their credibility has taken a serious hit.
The Marijuana issue.
It’s my understanding that Brigham is a paid advocate-consultant-spokesperson for the legalization of Marijuana in Montana. This is where my second problem comes in: why is he getting paid to do what he does?
An advocate, for a cause many of us support, should work to bring people together, build credibility, and try to serve their cause in the best way possible. When you spend the majority of your day alienating conservatives, moderate, and liberals – like Brigham does – how are you supposed to hope to ever move your agenda forward? You won’t, because no one wants to be associated with you. That‘s politics and policy 101.
The Marijuana legalization community needs a spokesperson that builds coalitions, not one that is beyond obsessive in tearing down a Senator.
At this point, Brigham’s “outrage” has just become laughable, un-credible, and annoying.