Senator Daines’s Big Day: Selling His Vote and Silencing a Civil Rights Hero

Senator Daines had one of those days today. In one of the rare days during which he had to show up to work, he knew he’d get some flak for selling his vote for Secretary of Education to one of the least qualified candidates for public office in the history of the Republic, but he probably never guessed that he’d play a pivotal role silencing a Senator who was trying to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King to the Senate. If you can bear to watch Daines stumble through his role presiding over the Senate, it’s another reminder that for the modern Republican Party, the legacy of racism, sexism, and exclusion might be better hidden than they once were, but no less real.

Today, Senator Daines not only brought shame on himself and his party, but our state. He owes us–and Senator Warren–apologies that will never come.

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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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  • That was an incredible exchange between Daines and Warren. Was that a staffer feeding Daines all of his lines? Lord, was he out of his depth.

    • I agree, James. Had Daines allowed her to continue, the whole episode would have played out for the 20 people watching C-SPAN. Now that knothead is on the front page of the Times and Post.

  • In what probably would have been a ho-hum Senate testimony by the Honorable Elizabeth Warren, the republicans created a backlash that will contribute to their downfall in the mid-terms. We will not forget.

  • Once again more exploding heads. Again, the Dems think they are above the law and this is another embarrassing example of biased journalism by the press. Why not the headlines of “Warren silenced for violation of Senate Rules” instead of “Warren silenced for reading Coretta Scott King letter at Sessions debate.” More Montana dem votes move to Danes. Where is your Jon Tester on this? Forgive me for no bibliography. Bye bye Ms Warren next election.

  • You are whistling through the graveyard coltluger. The Dems could easily lose 10 more Senate seats in 2018 – the odds are all against them. The Dems are still reeling from the last 3 elections, and are quickly losing relevancy.

    • I know the polls aren’t always the most accurate, Eric, but here’s a snippet from Public Policy Polling:

      After 2 Weeks, Voters Yearn For Obama

      Less than 2 weeks into Donald Trump’s tenure as President, 40% of voters already want to impeach him. That’s up from 35% of voters who wanted to impeach him a week ago. Only 48% of voters say that they would be opposed to Trump’s impeachment.

      And from Real Clear Politics:

      Trump Job Approval — Approve 43, Disapprove 52 — Disapproval Spread +9

      And the Republican controlled Congress:

      Congressional Job Approval — Approve 16, Disapprove 53 — Disapproval Spread +37

      And you’re saying the Democrats are in trouble?

  • Real Clear RCP Average Spread -4.2 so Trump is up 4.8 now?

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is up for re-election in 2018 and 46 percent in new WBUR poll say give someone else a chance

    Asked whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren deserves re-election in 2018, 46 percent of Mass. registered voters said someone else should get a shot at the job, according to a new poll from WBUR/MassINC Polling Group.

    Forty-four percent of poll respondents said she deserves re-election. Ten percent said they didn’t know or were undecided.

  • FYI, I seen Jon Tester on Fox today and I will admit he did a very good job? He needs to have chat with some of his radical colleagues.

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