It’s always an adventure when the Republicans come to town for their annual convention, but it does seem more than a bit unfair that Helena has to host them so soon after a legislative session. This year’s event promises to be another entertaining show, given the ongoing war between the “Responsible Republicans” and those Republicans who want to tear down every government building by hand.
Musical Chairs Might Get Ugly
The race for chair of the party promises to be a wildly entertaining fight between Representative Jeff Essman, incumbent technophile Will Deschamps, and Agenda-21 warrior Dan Happel. Deschamps is probably the favorite to hold onto the job, despite his demonstrated inability to hold his party together or craft a message using tools developed after 1904. The most entertaining candidate is no doubt conspiracy theorist Dan Happel, who has the endorsement of such GOP notables as Robert Fanning and Ken Miller, who wrote in support of Happel that “Conservatives all across Montana have become tired and frustrated with the lack of leadership of the Republican Party and I share in those feelings.”
Jeff Essman, who emerged from the last legislative session as a far more sensible, if misguided voice than he has been in the past, has little chance of cracking this juggernaut of candidates, given his slight move towards reason.
Bringing in A Bigoted Loon Might Not Be the Best Idea Right Now
Fresh off the news that Representative Zinke, who has a penchant for radical anti-government support, had to return donations to white supremacists, it may not be [pullquote]Who did Zinke, Daines, and the rest of Montana’s Republicans pick to speak to them? A tiny, angry, racist, homophobic conspiracy theorist who overcompensates for his inadequacies with an obsessive focus on guns, who just happens to be troublingly fixated on bestiality.[/pullquote] the best idea to bring in Texas Representative Louie Gohmert to speak to the body.
Zinke approves, though, posting on his Facebook page how excited he is that “his friend” will be in attendance.
Gohmert is, perhaps, the craziest member of the United States Congress in a century. Among his greatest hits include the assertion that President Obama’s response to the BP oil spill was just like the way Hitler would have responded, that hate crimes legislation will lead to the legalization of bestiality that would, of course, lead to Nazism, that we need to fear Spanish-speaking immigrants more because they are cover for Islamic terrorism, that gun control will lead to bestiality, that taxes are wrong because Jesus didn’t believe in theft, and that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy threatened the existence of the country.
And don’t forget his paranoid fear about “TERRRRRROR babies.” If you haven’t seen the video, it’s must-see.
And let’s not overlook that Gohmert compared civil rights for African-Americans with rights for insects and lizards at a Congressional hearing.
Who did Zinke, Daines, and the rest of Montana’s Republicans pick to speak to them? A tiny, angry, racist, homophobic conspiracy theorist who overcompensates for his inadequacies with an obsessive focus on guns, who just happens to be troublingly fixated on bestiality.
You can discern a great deal about the Montana Republican Party based on the choice to bring Zinke’s “friend” to Montana: they’ve embraced the anti-rational, anti-humanity fever dream that seems to have captured a fair percentage of today’s conservative movement.
And nothing says you are opposed to bigotry like bringing in your bigoted friend to speak to the party.
Will Gianforte Announce?
Dwarfing even Louie Gohmert’s arrival is the big question of the event: will Greg Gianforte announce that he plans to lose a bid for governor? Will he condemn retirement, science, and equal pay for equal work in that announcement?
Not even the juggernaut of Brad Johnson can stop that train, which left the station awhile ago.