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Just When You Thought Ryan Zinke Couldn’t Be More Despicable

Failed Lt. Governor candidate Ryan Zinke certainly has a knack2012-03-27_0032 for demonstrating an almost unparalleled capacity for despicable behavior in the name of self-aggrandizement. For the past year, he has been raising money condemning the Obama Administration for “outing” Navy SEAL Team Six, even though it was Zinke himself who not only named the group publicly but disclosed operational details of the mission.

Now Zinke’s back. In a platitudinous and grammatically-challenged hash of inane right wing talking points about American foreign policy in the Daily Interlake, he falsely claims that American ambassador Chris Stevens was raped and tortured during the Benghazi attack. Zinke writes:

Yet not a single official was fired despite the brutal rape and torture of our ambassador and the death of three American heroes.

Nothing changes the fact that Ambassador Stevens died a horrifying death serving his country, but it’s illustrative that Mr. Zinke would traffic in a demonstrably false claim used by right wing zealots to fuel hatred against Muslims and President Obama. It shows his willingness to disregard the truth and inflict more pain on those who cared about Ambassador Stevens, and it reveals a man whose worldview is so limited by his ideological extremism and opportunism that he will do or say almost anything to win elected office.

His worldview, despite his protestations that he is above partisan politics, is deeply misinformed by the fringe of the far right in this country, a group of people who are willing to believe any conspiracy that paints the President in a negative light.

In the end, of course, Zinke is probably only doing what it will take to win the 2014 Wingnut Olympics, hoping to win whichever race Steve Daines decides against running in. The candidates will have little choice but to pander as deeply and as often as they can to the kooks who run today’s Republican Party, something Ryan Zinke might be uniquely suited to do.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • The Barking Seal is kinda like ol’ Gerald Ford. He played just a wee bit too much football without a helmet. Enough whacks to the old noodle will turn anyone into a Teatard. Poor Neal is a perfect example.

  • Oh sweet Jesus! Can a movie be far behind, maybe something like “Revenge of the Inbreds”? Staring the Barking Seal? Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder, they do! NEVER underestimate stupid people and their Teatard allies.

    Civil disobedience to help the Kockh brothers and ALL the billionaires in this country. How novel.

    • I’m not fat enough to be a trucker, and I don’t own a Harley either. Guess that Jesus hates a skinny dude! There’s jess sumthin’ real patridiotic bout being a fatassed, lardbutted, uneducated, stupid biker or trucker! A REAL Murcan sits on his ass on the job and eats at greasy spoons! I’m thinkin’ about writin’ my own country song too. I’ll post it later.

      THIS is the real Murca that Sarah was talkin’ bout. They know that Jaysus don’t want no darky in the White House! Sumthin’ real unbiblical bout that!……even though the real Jesus was black!

  • Don’t argue with a man holding a gun and only fools gamble against the very wealthy. Zinke’s only doing what all successful Americans do. Spit on the little guy.

  • Zinke should not have claimed “rape” given that the autopsy report has yet to be released. Why the delay?????

    Now the sentence that lead to your objection, let’s rewrite it to say, “…Yet not a single official was fired despite the brutal murder of our ambassador and the death of three American heroes.” Now what aspect of that you find objectionable? I notice that you didn’t object to the rest of his statement where Zinke raises the appropriate concerns regarding what happened and the lack of accountability by those in involved.

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