There are certainly areas of improvement for Montana schools, but defunding them to pay for unaccredited, unaccountable institutions who are quite likely to put profitability and/or ideology ahead of education certainly isn’t a way to achieve better results.
“It’s the epitome of lazy Beltway journalism, laden with anonymous sources and a clear misunderstanding of Montana. It takes a journalist based in D.C. to write that Butte is a “copper mining town” or that Governor Schweitzer was somehow motivated by the ass-kicking he gave Roy Brown to campaign against him in a subsequent Senate race. It also takes a D.C. “journalist” to title his piece “Brian Schweitzer’s challenge: Montana Democrats” without mentioning that the last polling showed Governor Schweitzer has an 86% favorability rating in his own party.”
Raising money from well-heeled donors at a campaign event might seem terribly important to Representative Daines, but one of the critical roles members of Congress play in a state like Montana is simple, visible leadership in times of crisis. There’s no excuse for Daines failing to do the same, especially when he’s in the midst of a month-long paid vacation from Congress.
Two Texas billionaire brothers were the largest donors to Montana legislative races in 2012, giving $51,040 to more than 70 Republican candidates. That’s a lot of money in a state where the average legislative candidate only raises $6,537.
Americans take care of each other in times of crisis. That’s what we do. When communities are stricken with disaster, the nation comes together to help those afflicted. Most Americans, even some Republican members of Congress, understand that.
Not Steve Daines, though, who today voted against disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
I would always prefer a more progressive candidate that Montana Democrats are able (or willing) to choose, but I’m not willing to sacrifice critical policy that protects the rights of human beings for ideological purity. While the latter must feel incredibly affirming, it doesn’t win very many elections. And I still believe those matter.
Unlike Melinda Gopher, I don’t think my post drove Senator Baucus out of the Senate, but it turned out not to be terribly important, despite the raging battle in the comments.