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(Talking Points Memo)   After a neck-and-neck, down to the wire campaign, AP calls the Montana senate race for incumbent Jon Tester. This is a near-perfect repeat from 2006   (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 37
    More: Followup, Denny Rehberg, senator, House Appropriations Committee  
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2012-11-07 01:00:03 PM  
It's time for the Republicans to take the Tea Baggers and Christian Theocrats out for a stroll in the woods... oh never mind

Commence with the we didn't go far right enough wharrrrgarbl
 
2012-11-07 02:07:55 PM  
And the Democrats have officially gained seats in the Senate in this election, assuming King does caucus with them, when there were 23 Democratic Senate seats up to 10 Republican. The Democratic seats were incredibly unsafe in a half dozen states, and one year ago, there was almost no chance of the Democrats retaining control of the Senate.

They picked up seats.

Thanks Republicans, it couldn't have been done without you.
 
2012-11-07 02:33:08 PM  
Denny Rehberg? NOPE, JON TESTER.
 
2012-11-07 02:46:40 PM  
Are they ever going to call Florida? Obama is up, outside the recount margin, with 100% reporting.
 
2012-11-07 02:47:15 PM  

GAT_00: Thanks Republicans Tea Party, it couldn't have been done without you.


Fixed for more targeted schadenfraude.
 
2012-11-07 03:10:03 PM  

DamnYankees: GAT_00: Thanks Republicans Tea Party, it couldn't have been done without you.

Fixed for more targeted schadenfraude.


Same difference.
 
2012-11-07 03:25:58 PM  
He beat your ass and he only got seven fingers! HAHAHAHA
 
2012-11-07 03:30:02 PM  
Excellent! Tester's a good guy. I'm actually starting to think about what he'll be doing in 2016.
 
2012-11-07 03:55:50 PM  

GAT_00: And the Democrats have officially gained seats in the Senate in this election, assuming King does caucus with them, when there were 23 Democratic Senate seats up to 10 Republican. The Democratic seats were incredibly unsafe in a half dozen states, and one year ago, there was almost no chance of the Democrats retaining control of the Senate.

They picked up seats.

Thanks Republicans, it legitimately couldn't have been done without you.


/ftfy
//GO TESTER. That was a nasty, nasty race, no?
 
2012-11-07 03:57:41 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: GAT_00: And the Democrats have officially gained seats in the Senate in this election, assuming King does caucus with them, when there were 23 Democratic Senate seats up to 10 Republican. The Democratic seats were incredibly unsafe in a half dozen states, and one year ago, there was almost no chance of the Democrats retaining control of the Senate.

They picked up seats.

Thanks Republicans, it legitimately couldn't have been done without you.

/ftfy
//GO TESTER. That was a nasty, nasty race, no?


Why thank you Wiki: yes, yes it was. I mean, they all were, but this is pretty good:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee aired an attack ad against Jon Tester that mistakenly included a digitally manipulated photo of Tester (who has only two fingers on his left hand) with full sets of fingers.[13] Another ad against Tester, from the Karl Rove group Crossroads GPS, falsely asserted that Tester had voted in favor of Environmental Protection Agency regulation of farm dust.[14] In fact, Tester had praised the EPA for not attempting such a regulation.[15] The vote cited in the anti-Tester ad concerned currency exchange rates.[16]

In early October 2012, Crossroads GPS announced it would launch a $16 million advertising buy in national races, of which four were this and three other Senate elections.[17]
 
2012-11-07 03:58:45 PM  
Don't worry, republicans. There's still gerrymandering. It's really the only thing at this point that's keeping your diseased little party alive.

I can't wait until the current republican party finally dies or fractures and we can have a reasonable set of options instead of a choice between moderates and arm-flailing, stone-age lunatics who seem to be perpetually tripping balls on the worst batch of acid in history.
 
2012-11-07 03:59:59 PM  

DamnYankees: Are they ever going to call Florida? Obama is up, outside the recount margin, with 100% reporting.


Waiting for this as well.
 
2012-11-07 04:02:47 PM  
Y

GAT_00: And the Democrats have officially gained seats in the Senate in this election, assuming King does caucus with them, when there were 23 Democratic Senate seats up to 10 Republican. The Democratic seats were incredibly unsafe in a half dozen states, and one year ago, there was almost no chance of the Democrats retaining control of the Senate.

They picked up seats.

Thanks Republicans, it couldn't have been done without you.


The best part of all is the knowledge that there's no way in hell they're actually going to learn their lesson.

The wingnuts will continue to blame the RINOs they perceive ruining the party by tainting it with liberal ideas like working with Democrats.

The adults in the party will continue to become marginalized, and a few might even go the Specter route and simply switch sides.

Either the purists win and they continue focusing on their traditional conservatives (old, white, and rapidly dying off), or they refocus on appealing to minorities/women and kill off their chances at retaining the oldies. Either way, their electoral chances go down dramatically.
 
2012-11-07 04:07:25 PM  

CraicBaby: Denny Rehberg? NOPE, JON TESTER.


Good riddance, Denny! Go back to suing the people (like the fire department) who try to help your sorry ass.
 
2012-11-07 04:10:50 PM  
My favorite thing about tester is the fact that he looks like a shop teacher from the 1960's.

/dat flat top
 
2012-11-07 04:14:12 PM  

evilotto: My favorite thing about tester is the fact that he looks like a shop teacher from the 1960's.

/dat flat top


Oh... wow. Good call.

I went to school in the 80s and 90s, but I suddenly got a flashback to my middle school shop teacher describing various ways how past dumbass students had lost fingers in his shop and being graphically descriptive on the gore because "I really hate having to call parents of dumbasses and cleaning up blood".

Great shop teacher, actually.

... Memories.
 
2012-11-07 04:16:47 PM  
Absolutely amazing that with the odds seriously against them to even maintain the majority, the Democrats actually gained seats.

2014 is looking pretty grim, but if the GOP continues its full-speed drive into Derpland, the cushion might be enough.
 
2012-11-07 04:16:52 PM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Don't worry, republicans. There's still gerrymandering. It's really the only thing at this point that's keeping your diseased little party alive.

I can't wait until the current republican party finally dies or fractures and we can have a reasonable set of options instead of a choice between moderates and arm-flailing, stone-age lunatics who seem to be perpetually tripping balls on the worst batch of acid in history.


That makes more sense than it should have.


But when will the nightmare end?

I'll probably see more 'impeach Obama' homemade signs taped on their pick-up-truck that belongs to your wife and sports a bright silver pair of trucknuts.
 
2012-11-07 04:22:57 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: evilotto: My favorite thing about tester is the fact that he looks like a shop teacher from the 1960's.

/dat flat top

Oh... wow. Good call.

I went to school in the 80s and 90s, but I suddenly got a flashback to my middle school shop teacher describing various ways how past dumbass students had lost fingers in his shop and being graphically descriptive on the gore because "I really hate having to call parents of dumbasses and cleaning up blood".

Great shop teacher, actually.

... Memories.


I was a 70s&80s student, and I think all the shop teachers were like that.
 
2012-11-07 04:26:17 PM  

EighthDay: Absolutely amazing that with the odds seriously against them to even maintain the majority, the Democrats actually gained seats.

2014 is looking pretty grim, but if the GOP continues its full-speed drive into Derpland, the cushion might be enough.


2014 might also finally trigger the public's "Oh for fark's sake" drive if Congress continues their tantrum despite the economy improving.
 
2012-11-07 04:28:14 PM  
What I find amazing is that a Democrat also won North Dakota's Senate race. When I heard that, I was like, wow that's farking huge.

Also, Virginia sent Felix Macaca Allen packing. Again.
 
2012-11-07 04:29:25 PM  

TheMysticS: StreetlightInTheGhetto: evilotto: My favorite thing about tester is the fact that he looks like a shop teacher from the 1960's.

/dat flat top

Oh... wow. Good call.

I went to school in the 80s and 90s, but I suddenly got a flashback to my middle school shop teacher describing various ways how past dumbass students had lost fingers in his shop and being graphically descriptive on the gore because "I really hate having to call parents of dumbasses and cleaning up blood".

Great shop teacher, actually.

... Memories.

I was a 70s&80s student, and I think all the shop teachers were like that.


And we wonder why kids are wussies now.

/well, it's Fark, we don't wonder, we just biatch and reminisce
//not gonna say hearing that didn't gross me the heck out as a middle school girl, and it was *probably* overkill..

... but damned if I didn't remember to triple check all the safety stuff when I got thrown into a metal and woodshop on my own to figure out how to make what I needed to make during an internship a decade later...
 
2012-11-07 04:34:04 PM  

MontanaDave: CraicBaby: Denny Rehberg? NOPE, JON TESTER.

Good riddance, Denny! Go back to suing the people (like the fire department) who try to help your sorry ass.


This.
 
2012-11-07 05:56:04 PM  
Looks like we held the Montana Governorship as well.

Only thing missing from last night was not defeating Bachmann. So close. :(
 
2012-11-07 06:01:43 PM  
For what it's worth Montanans also voted that corporations are NOT people, and out-of-state funds can't be used in Montana elections (someone please correct me if I'm wrong; that was my understanding of it, anyway).

Don't know if anything will come of that.
 
2012-11-07 06:21:33 PM  
Eh, it wasn't actually that neck and neck. It was supposed to be, but Tester was 4 points ahead when I checked this morning. There's going to be a huge void on the TV now, I guess. It has been nothing but Senate commercials for the last few months.

andino: For what it's worth Montanans also voted that corporations are NOT people, and out-of-state funds can't be used in Montana elections (someone please correct me if I'm wrong; that was my understanding of it, anyway).
Don't know if anything will come of that.


The state is freaking schizophrenic. So corporations are not people, but we rolled back the medical marijuana law, and decided that the feds can't make us obey Obamacare (this is a law that is designed to hit the court circuit, since it's already unconstitutional, or something). Also, nobody can get social services until they prove that they're an American, since the illegals are coming to take our jerbs. We voted in a Democratic senator and governor, but all the referendums written by Republicans passed with a big majority.

And I have no idea what that anti-Citizens United law is supposed to accomplish. That would be GREAT if it stopped the superPACS from making any more TV commercials here. My mute button is all worn out now.
 
2012-11-07 06:49:01 PM  

CraicBaby: Denny Rehberg? NOPE, JON TESTER.


Specializing in the most like-like stuffed Senators anywhere.
 
2012-11-07 06:51:30 PM  
I work in the traffic hub and I was assigned go working solely on KHMT and KSVI in Billings, MT. I really wish I could tell you how much money was being spent on anti-Tester ads, but I can't. Let's just say the stations met their goals for political money in the first 30 days. Our other stations are in MO, FL, and AL and they didn't see hardly any money until about two weeks left.
 
2012-11-07 06:51:37 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: MontanaDave: CraicBaby: Denny Rehberg? NOPE, JON TESTER.

Good riddance, Denny! Go back to suing the people (like the fire department) who try to help your sorry ass.

This.


Wow. I hadn't even realized until last night Rehberg was running for the senate again instead of his House seat. Haven't lived in Montana in several years, but still remember his highly childish ads when he made a senate run against Baucus in the 90s. Good riddance.
 
2012-11-07 07:00:23 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: GAT_00: And the Democrats have officially gained seats in the Senate in this election, assuming King does caucus with them, when there were 23 Democratic Senate seats up to 10 Republican. The Democratic seats were incredibly unsafe in a half dozen states, and one year ago, there was almost no chance of the Democrats retaining control of the Senate.

They picked up seats.

Thanks Republicans, it legitimately couldn't have been done without you.

/ftfy
//GO TESTER. That was a nasty, nasty race, no?


Word! Tester is a great guy.

/Dude, we should hang out.
 
2012-11-07 08:33:23 PM  
Dang, another heavy red state voted blue this year? This is incredible.
Things truly looked grim for America when the events that lead to this outcome were happening, but now it almost seems worth it.

CraicBaby: Denny Rehberg? NOPE, JON TESTER.


I hate you.
I told myself a Chuck Testa joke would never get another laugh out of me.

Again, I hate you.
 
2012-11-07 09:17:46 PM  

cryinoutloud: ...we rolled back the medical marijuana law...


Okay, maybe you can help me out on that one. I haven't lived in America since 2005, but they told me to vote in the state of my last legal residence, and that was Montana. When I got my absentee ballot and read the initiative for marijuana, the wording was so convoluted it sounded to me like a vote for the initiative was a vote FOR medical marijuana. Of course I looked it up online, but if I had come across it in a voting booth, not knowing any better I would've voted for it thinking I was voting in favor of medical marijuana.

Did that happen to a lot of people in Montana, or was it pretty clear if you actually live there?
 
2012-11-07 11:54:58 PM  
I was getting about a dozen slick glossies a week from Republican SuperPac, slamming Tester. It was pretty amazing how much money they were putting into Montana.
 
2012-11-07 11:58:22 PM  

cryinoutloud: The state is freaking schizophrenic. So corporations are not people, but we rolled back the medical marijuana law, and decided that the feds can't make us obey Obamacare (this is a law that is designed to hit the court circuit, since it's already unconstitutional, or something). Also, nobody can get social services until they prove that they're an American, since the illegals are coming to take our jerbs. We voted in a Democratic senator and governor, but all the referendums written by Republicans passed with a big majority.


Don't forget the "must notify the parents before a teen can have an abortion" law. Never mind how many of those teens might be pregnant from their sleazy step father. Don't tell the cops first, tell the molester!

But, all in all, good stuff. Rehberg is a creepy fark. Glad Tester won. And yet another Dem Governor.
 
2012-11-08 12:29:22 AM  

andino: cryinoutloud: ...we rolled back the medical marijuana law...

Okay, maybe you can help me out on that one. I haven't lived in America since 2005, but they told me to vote in the state of my last legal residence, and that was Montana. When I got my absentee ballot and read the initiative for marijuana, the wording was so convoluted it sounded to me like a vote for the initiative was a vote FOR medical marijuana. Of course I looked it up online, but if I had come across it in a voting booth, not knowing any better I would've voted for it thinking I was voting in favor of medical marijuana.

Did that happen to a lot of people in Montana, or was it pretty clear if you actually live there?


It was a little clearer having lived here. They passed a medical marijuana law here by voter initiative. The legislature changed the law to take any exchange of value out of providing the herb. Voting for this meant replacing the existing law, so the providers wanted people to vote against it and the people who don't want MM wanted you to vote for it. Therefore, a vote for MM was a vote "no" on the ballot. I could see that tripping a guy up.

That's one of the benefits of absentee voting. You get plenty of time to "study it out."
 
2012-11-08 06:14:45 AM  

MontanaDave: andino: cryinoutloud: ...we rolled back the medical marijuana law...

Okay, maybe you can help me out on that one. I haven't lived in America since 2005, but they told me to vote in the state of my last legal residence, and that was Montana. When I got my absentee ballot and read the initiative for marijuana, the wording was so convoluted it sounded to me like a vote for the initiative was a vote FOR medical marijuana. Of course I looked it up online, but if I had come across it in a voting booth, not knowing any better I would've voted for it thinking I was voting in favor of medical marijuana.

Did that happen to a lot of people in Montana, or was it pretty clear if you actually live there?

It was a little clearer having lived here. They passed a medical marijuana law here by voter initiative. The legislature changed the law to take any exchange of value out of providing the herb. Voting for this meant replacing the existing law, so the providers wanted people to vote against it and the people who don't want MM wanted you to vote for it. Therefore, a vote for MM was a vote "no" on the ballot. I could see that tripping a guy up.

That's one of the benefits of absentee voting. You get plenty of time to "study it out."


It was so poorly written, I almost convinced myself i was voting the wrong way.
 
2012-11-08 07:13:35 AM  

GAT_00:

Thanks Republicans, it couldn't have been done without you.



You're welcome. I voted for Tester because Rehberg is a farktard. I also voted for a Democrat for governor.

Seriously Rehberg, who sues the fire department?

mediablitz: I was getting about a dozen slick glossies a week from Republican SuperPac, slamming Tester. It was pretty amazing how much money they were putting into Montana.



I'm still getting those damn things as of yesterday. Half my mail has been Montana political ads.
 
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