Unlike some media outlets that report on staged Gianforte-Daines meetings with handpicked constituents like they are actual town halls, the Bozeman Chronicle did a real service to readers in today’s story about a Steve Daines meeting with some folks at the Bozeman Senior Center. Everything about the story accurately conveys just how little Daines wants to meet with his constituents.
The photo accompanying the piece shows just how small the crowd was, something that could only happen when Daines refuses to give public notice of his appearances. The empty chairs in the front row were a perfect match for the empty suit speaking, though.
Asked by someone in the audience why he takes so much money from Big Pharma and whether he would stop, “Daines did not respond to the request.”
Asked when he would host a town hall to listen to Montanans, Daines “did not respond.”
Of course, Steve Daines is terrified of having to stand on his record. While he scurries around the state, desperate not to be caught in the spotlight of constituent feedback, he thinks his job is to post Fox News jabs on his Facebook feed and smear women serving in Congress.
Yesterday, the junior Senator from the greatest state in the union offered this deep insight on his Facebook page: “Best lunch in Big Timber. Good people, great burgers, and plastic straws #MTProud,” because he apparently either believes that we’re dumb enough to vote on an issue like plastic straws or he’s dumb enough to believe that taking some personal responsibility for the environment is wrong.
If you think switching to straws that won’t kill sea life is socialism, you might just be an idiot.
In the end, Montana might re-elect a Republican Senator. That’s the nature of politics, but do we really have to elect one who is both a coward and an idiot?
I think not.