Steve Daines Calls Speaker Pelosi “Shameful” While Supporting the Shameless Huckster in the Oval Office

Photo of Senator Daines by Erin Erickson. Used with Permission

Once again, Senator Daines is all aflutter because a woman spoke her mind in the halls of Congress—and this time he couldn’t use the rules to silence her.

Eager to prove his place at Trump’s chief lapdog in Montana,  Daines took to Twitter today to decry the “shameful” spectacle of Speaker Nancy Pelosi giving President Trump’s State of the Union speech the edit it so desperately needed last night.

It made me think about some of the things Daines has not found shameful during his tenure in office:

And it’s not just the President. Daines has failed to call a Senator and Congressman so afraid of their constituents that they won’t have town halls with them, a Congressman who assaulted a reporter and then lied about it, or a Senator who has abandoned representing his state for craven support of the President “shameful.”

Hell, he didn’t even have the moral fortitude to challenge a state legislator who called for killing political opponents.

None of that conduct—hardly an exhaustive list, by the way—elicited as much as whisper of complaint from Senator Daines, but Speaker Pelosi, who seems to live rent-free in the head of every Republican in the country, so troubled Daines that he had to run to social media to decry her act of civil disobedience.

There is shameful behavior right now in Washington, but it’s not coming from Speaker Pelosi. Those who should be ashamed are the members of the Republican Party who have abandoned their traditional respect for rule of law and steady governance to abase themselves to an irrational, immoral charlatan who has made a mockery of their claims to stand for a foreign policy of American strength and values rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Before Senator Daines calls anyone else “shameful” again, he’d do well to read Matthew again and consider the shame he’s brought on himself, his office, and his state.

 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

One day, perhaps in an election, certainly in history, there will be a reckoning for politicians like Senator Daines. And history will cover him in the shame he so richly deserves.

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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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  • Love that pic of lil Stevey. No wonder he had nightmares about Nancy Pelosi. A woman who can’t be intimidated makes stevey make that special face, the you’re-being-mean-to-me face! I suppose he made that face a lot as a kid!

  • I have never witnessed such a disgraceful, disrespectful, and rude group of Democrats. Pelosi’s facial distortions and glaring hatred of President Trump and legal American citizens. These Democrats are pathetic and hopefully voters will make them pay in 2020.

  • Well said, Don. Yes, you could have added at least a thousand more instances of shameful behavior by the infant-in-chief. This morning, my first reaction to Pelosi’s action (I refused to watch the speech) was disappointment. But, after reading the annotated transcript at the Washington Post, listening to a few clips (difficult at best)…. I realized she had no choice. Republicans calling Pelosi “shameful” is beyond laughable. I truly feel we are simply living in alternate universes. It boggles my mind. Every single day. I couldn’t be prouder of the way Democrats– and Pelosi in particular –have conducted themselves over the course of this impeachment.

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