Former Governor Brian Schweitzer apologized for his insensitive sexist and homophobic remarks about Dianne Feinstein and Eric Cantor, suggesting, at least, that the former Governor knows he was wrong. There is no defending what Schweitzer had to say, but the spectacle of Montana and national conservatives falling all over themselves to condemn Schweitzer when they’ve not only said worse, but enacted legislation that put bigotry into practice, certainly makes it difficult not to be a cynic about politics. It’s also especially cynical for former Baucus staff member Jim Messina, who was responsible for the profoundly homophobic Mike Taylor ad to be quoted calling Schweitzer the “most overrated pol (in) memory,” and [saying] that “offensive comments and bolo ties don’t get you (the president of the United States).”
The Medicaid expansion initiative fell short of the signatures necessary to get on the November ballot, despite the best efforts of proponents to get the job done. As MT Cowgirl points out, their efforts were certainly hampered by Attorney General Tim Fox, whose legal dithering delayed the signature gathering as long as possible. Unsurprisingly, former Montana Democratic “consultant” and John Bohlinger advisor Bob Brigham took to Twitter to condemn the governor’s office, conveniently forgetting his own very public and even more vitriolic opposition to the initiative process and/or the idea of a special session, depending on the political winds in the instant he was speaking.
The Montana Democratic Party is continuing to hammer Steve Daines for his repeated efforts to claim he supports programs despite voting against funding for them. Daines has mastered the act of showing up to claim credit for programs that help Montana’s elderly, poor, and veterans, but the media seems loathe to call him out for failing to truly support the programs with the funding they require.
Daines has also drawn fire from at least one former Republican staffer for a dishonest ad attacking Senator John Walsh. Former Burns staffer Jackie Brown wrote last week at The Western Word that “Daines has been quick to praise veterans, but in this attack on Walsh it makes me and other folks wonder if his praise for veterans is just for votes. I’d like to know if Daines actually respects the sacrifices veterans like Walsh have made for this country at all. Daines should be thanking Walsh for his military service instead of trying to swift boat him. I give Steve Daines’ new campaign ad “Personal Gain” a zero. It’s by far his worst ad yet, and he should pull it.”
The Montana Congressional delegation is calling on President Obama not to send troops to deal with the sectarian violence ripping Iraq apart. I’m reminded of something Colin Powell once said about Pottery Barn. The Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush cabal’s disastrous war is going to ripple through history and damage American interests for decades. It’s encouraging that our Congressional delegation sees the danger of becoming entangled again.