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Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines Are Just Too Damn Small To Represent this Big Sky State

There are many reasons to object to Steve Daines and Greg Gianforte being paid to represent the people of Montana in Congress. One is a violent criminal who assaults reporters and the other is a sycophant who made his living outsourcing jobs to China before coming

“This is a serious time for the nation. We could soon face only the third impeachment of a President in our history. It’s a time for giants, not mites who feed on and then excrete the sloughed skin of right-wing media.”
home to be a “self-made man” in a family business. Both are consumed with contempt and fear for their constituents that sees them hiding in airport bathrooms and behind call screeners during sham telephone “town halls.” Both have used their offices to enrich themselves, betraying the people of the state for the sake of tax cuts for themselves.

Bad as all of those are—and they are certainly not good—what is so frustrating about Daines and Gianforte is just how small they are. In a state that sent giants like Mike Mansfield, Max Baucus, Lee Metcalf, Jeannette Rankin and more to the Congress, it’s embarrassing to have such a large state represented by such tiny men.

Today, as news broke that President Trump will face an impeachment inquiry for trading American national security for personal political gain, Senator Steve Daines didn’t issue a thundering statement about the importance of the rule of law or even muster a defense of our criminal President; instead our U.S. Senator tweeted a gif of Stanley from The Office rolling his eyes.

Tiny. Pathetic. Unbecoming of the office he holds.

As for Congressman Gianforte, who spent last week testifying in an empty room about how the “deep state” is after the President, he spent yesterday on a conservative radio show spewing talking points that would embarrass even a Fox News host.

While the world’s eyes were on Greta Thunberg and the other young activists fighting for our environmental future, Gianforte was telling Montanans that he won’t even listen to the debates on the issue:

Gianforte then focused his attention on the national climate change debate.

“I have been surprised just by watching clips,” he said. “I just can’t sit through one of these long debates, but it is crazy the ideas they are putting forward. They want to get rid of all the cows and they want to get rid of all the airplanes. They’re trying to ‘out-left’ each other. They want to be taken seriously, so I’m taking them seriously. This is a scary vision of America’s future.”

That’s your U.S. Representative and aspiring governor telling Montanans that he can’t sit through a debate on climate change but gets his information from “clips,” dishonestly suggesting that anyone in the Democratic Party really intends to get rid of cows and airplanes, reducing a legitimate discussion about how humans might mitigate their impact on global temperatures into an absurd strawperson argument that’s barely worth mocking.

No effort to learn, to grow, to think: just the same lowbrow and low information arguments that have turned the party of George H. Bush into the party of Archie Bunker, a collection of people hostile to discourse, science, and reason.

Tiny. Pathetic. Unbecoming of the office he holds.

I find myself longing for not just for a Republican Party that respects the rule of law and Constitution, but Republicans who can engage in debate. If they don’t believe climate change is real, they should rely on the rationality the founders knew was essential to a democratic republic to debate the science; if they believe the President should not face investigation for his crimes, they should make their case, in public, to the people they are supposed to represent. From Iran policy to immigration, Daines and Gianforte owe the people of our state more than grotesque caricatures of political leaders they’ve presented; they owe us the leadership Montanans used to expect from their Congressional delegation.

This is a serious time for the nation. We could soon face only the third impeachment of a President in our history. It’s a time for giants, not mites who feed on and then excrete the sloughed skin of right-wing media. It’s a time for members of Congress who will make the people of Montana proud by standing for our values.

And little Steve Daines and tiny Greg Gianforte just aren’t up to the task of representing this Big Sky state.

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About the author

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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  • True, true – but let’s not forget Maryland carpetbagger Matt Rosendale. After a disastrous tenure in the legislature and as state auditor, he wants to buy his way into the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s made of the same cloth as Daines and Gianforte. And like those two, he’ll keep singing Trump’s praises, assuming that’s what Montanans want to hear. God, I hope he’s wrong because like Trump, Daines and Gianforte, he has no positive policies, no real concern for Montana, no moral center. I’m hoping against hope that Montanans see through the veneer of this scam artist.

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