Friday Quick Takes: Daines Drinks the TEA, Rosendale’s False Friends and More

Hard right Republican and Speaker of the House John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have had enough of the TEA Party that Steve Daines is so desperate to appease.

…this war has been brewing for months. Following the government shutdown, establishment Republicans have made it clear they’re done cowing to tea party groups, and the tension has bubbled up from there. In early November, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell began speaking out against the sort of far-right groups that were targeting him in his tough re-election race for not being conservative enough. They “mislead for profit,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

This week, Boehner took up McConnell’s specter, declaring that the tea party groups are “using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals.”

Perhaps it’s time for Steve Daines to do some serious soul-searching about which Republican Party he belongs to.  When the likes of Boehner and McConnell are realizing the insane policy goals driven by the TEA Party, it’s probably not time for Daines to go full TEApublican.

I think that Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale might have some fickle friends on Facebook—or perhaps not all of them are genuine. Despite having 17,000 “likes” on his Facebook page, Rosendale’s last post, about the Murray-Ryan budget deal, received an anemic 2 likes. I’d hate to suggest that Mr. Rosendale has artificially ginned up support for himself on Facebook, but the alternative might just be that no on really likes him.

More tone deaf responses to sexual assault from the university system is making the news in the Bozeman Magpie. Writing about MSU Dean of Students Matt Caires, Blake Maxwell writes, “Three months later, and Matt Caires has chosen to ignore the MSU Police Department’s findings, hanging the blame on hard alcohol and, evidently, the young women who consume it.”

By now, many of you have probably read about yet another example of the inequality in the American justice system coming from the great state of Texas. Ethan Couch, a sixteen year old from a wealthy family,  killed four and badly injured two others after a night of drinking. Instead of a prison sentence, he was sent to treatment, after his defense successfully argued that he suffered from “affluenza,” a grave disease afflicting the wealthy that prevents them from being responsible for their actions.  While I am not one likely to support harsh criminal penalties in most cases, one can only imagine what kind of sentence others would have received in the same circumstances.

It’s been two days since former Republican John Bohlinger has announced yet another statewide race he plans to run/coordinate as he pursues the Senate seat. I can’t wait for Monday.

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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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