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(The Raw Story)   Montana's holding a runoff for its lone seat in the House between a Republican who funded a Creationist museum and tried to kill public fishing access near his house, and a Democrat who once put on the world's largest charity kegger. Why even vote?   ( rawstory.com) divider line
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2017-03-20 12:00:04 AM  
And it's still a race, because Montana.
 
2017-03-20 12:07:54 AM  

dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.


Reagan would lose a school board race in America now for being a RINO because he wouldn't cut the budget enough.
 
2017-03-20 12:42:52 AM  
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2017-03-20 01:01:03 AM  

dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.


I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?
 
2017-03-20 01:10:48 AM  

propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?


FWIW, Montana's governor is a Democrat.
 
2017-03-20 01:49:49 AM  

propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?


And one of our Senators.
 
2017-03-20 01:52:49 AM  
Montana is pretty damn liberal for a Red State.  Or maybe they're the last real Republicans left.  It's hard to tell.
 
2017-03-20 01:54:41 AM  
She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw
 
2017-03-20 01:55:51 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Montana is pretty damn liberal for a Red State.  Or maybe they're the last real Republicans left.  It's hard to tell.


It's sort of like ND.

http://www.upi.com/Archives/1992/06/10/LaRouche-leads-Democrats-in-No​r​th-Dakota-Pat-Paulsen-trails-Bush/8918708148800/
 
2017-03-20 02:01:01 AM  

wiredroach: propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?

And one of our Senators.


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2017-03-20 02:07:22 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

Reagan would lose a school board race in America now for being a RINO because he wouldn't cut the budget enough.


Austerity is no longer part of the Republican Platform.  Likely because the Republican Party is dead.  It's the Conservative Party now.  The Party's Platform runs on the following central themes:

1) Anti-Bill Of Rights
2) Anti-13th Amendment
3)Militarization of Police
4)Elimination of Police Accountability
5)Apartheid
6)Maintenance and Expansion of obsolete military equipment
7)Application of archaic and obsolete military strategies
8)The destruction of labor rights.
9)The destruction of the right to petition the courts for redress
9)Encouraging disunity through demographic favoritism
10)The destruction of a competitive public school system
11)Sexism and female inferiority
12)Jingoism
13) Submission to Russia
14)Arbitrary imprisonment of political opponents.

The list goes on and on.  Conservatives without honesty or virtue.  They have no redeeming qualities.  This is the reality we must face.

And yes, Reagan was a nasty, senile son of a biatch without a governing thought in his head.  But even if we deny the evidence and say that Reagan was of sound mind and the man behind his own Presidency, an impartial assay of the Republican Party today offers the following inconvenient truth:

Reagan lost.  Russia won.
 
2017-03-20 02:26:43 AM  

spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw


What is that, a dick metaphor? Did Trump basically make this kind of campaigning a Thing?
 
2017-03-20 02:33:33 AM  
I gotta tell you, though, Whitefish, MT is one of the nicest towns I have ever visited. If I had to give up Seattle, I wouldn't mind considering moving to Whitefish.
 
2017-03-20 02:53:53 AM  
I used to work for Gianforte back in the days before Oracle bought RightNow. He was a nice enough guy, and his company was a pretty good place to work for the most part. I certainly wouldn't vote for him for public office though.

/Really wants to move back to Montana some time
 
2017-03-20 02:55:26 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Austerity is no longer part of the Republican Platform.


It still is as long as it's not the military.
 
2017-03-20 03:08:35 AM  

Bucky Katt: wiredroach: propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?

And one of our Senators.

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I have no idea who that is. I'm sure he's a nice guy and a competent politician.
Or at least that he doesn't live in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER.

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2017-03-20 03:23:32 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw

What is that, a dick metaphor? Did Trump basically make this kind of campaigning a Thing?


For better of worse (read: almost definitely worse), yes.

Quist is reallyliberal, and a Sanders supporter. Probably not a major pickup opportunity, but Montana loves populist appeals; I'm really surprised that the Bernie wing hasn't poured a tonne of money his way.
 
2017-03-20 03:25:25 AM  
Clarification: for what it's worth, I think that running really liberal populists in low-percentage races, particularly in the Plains states, is a good thing.
 
2017-03-20 03:59:53 AM  
I read that as public fisting near his house.
 
2017-03-20 05:39:46 AM  
It makes no difference.

They're both in the pocket of Big Dental Floss.
 
2017-03-20 05:44:11 AM  

spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw


😒
 
2017-03-20 05:50:33 AM  
Really whether that's a quote about a conservative who's really into guns and cutting social services, or a liberal who thinks victory lies in pretending to love guns and rural poverty, it's a bad quote.
 
2017-03-20 05:58:19 AM  

Albino Squid: Bennie Crabtree: spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw

What is that, a dick metaphor? Did Trump basically make this kind of campaigning a Thing?

For better of worse (read: almost definitely worse), yes.


Dang. Maybe it's got to run its course and there is no going back for a generation.

Quist is reallyliberal, and a Sanders supporter. Probably not a major pickup opportunity, but Montana loves populist appeals; I'm really surprised that the Bernie wing hasn't poured a tonne of money his way.

Maybe they think everyone there is a wealthy rancher with zircon encrusted tweezers.
 
2017-03-20 06:03:02 AM  
FTA: " The consumption of over 1,100 kegs allegedly caused a regional shortage of beer in surrounding states."

That is one hell of a party - kind of want to find the documentary now.
 
2017-03-20 06:08:05 AM  

Albino Squid: Bennie Crabtree: spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw

What is that, a dick metaphor? Did Trump basically make this kind of campaigning a Thing?

For better of worse (read: almost definitely worse), yes.

Quist is reallyliberal, and a Sanders supporter. Probably not a major pickup opportunity, but Montana loves populist appeals; I'm really surprised that the Bernie wing hasn't poured a tonne of money his way.


Maybe cause everyone is so busy throwing money at Ossoff?
 
2017-03-20 06:09:57 AM  

Bucky Katt: wiredroach: propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?

And one of our Senators.

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Kurt Russell went into politics?
 
2017-03-20 07:28:14 AM  
I'm sorry, what's wrong with a charity kegger?

/Unless it was to raise money for a creationist museum.
// dnrta
 
2017-03-20 07:48:35 AM  

Cyberluddite: propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?

FWIW, Montana's governor is a Democrat.


As is one of their Senators
 
2017-03-20 07:59:29 AM  
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2017-03-20 08:05:53 AM  

spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw


Something 22 caliber mind something something 45 caliber world.
 
2017-03-20 09:20:48 AM  
You would think a person trying to taking away hunting/fishing rights in a outdoors state would be ripe for the Democrats to pick off. That would mean the national party is paying attention. I assume Maddow & Hayes will have to spend a week bashing the party over the head to show them the error of their ways like they did in Georgia to get money spent down there.
 
2017-03-20 09:27:53 AM  

BattleFrenchie28: Albino Squid: Bennie Crabtree: spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw

What is that, a dick metaphor? Did Trump basically make this kind of campaigning a Thing?

For better of worse (read: almost definitely worse), yes.

Quist is reallyliberal, and a Sanders supporter. Probably not a major pickup opportunity, but Montana loves populist appeals; I'm really surprised that the Bernie wing hasn't poured a tonne of money his way.

Maybe cause everyone is so busy throwing money at Ossoff?


Surely there's enough to fund two races simultaneously at a time when there are few drains on dollars, in a very low cost media market to bòot?
 
2017-03-20 10:11:40 AM  

Albino Squid: BattleFrenchie28: Albino Squid: Bennie Crabtree: spamdog: She said his 2016 song, ".45 Caliber Man," was one of her favorites: "It's going to take a .45 caliber man, meaning it's going to take somebody with a strong will to stand up for the values of the middle-class America."

Haw

What is that, a dick metaphor? Did Trump basically make this kind of campaigning a Thing?

For better of worse (read: almost definitely worse), yes.

Quist is reallyliberal, and a Sanders supporter. Probably not a major pickup opportunity, but Montana loves populist appeals; I'm really surprised that the Bernie wing hasn't poured a tonne of money his way.

Maybe cause everyone is so busy throwing money at Ossoff?

Surely there's enough to fund two races simultaneously at a time when there are few drains on dollars, in a very low cost media market to bòot?


No, the DNC and the DCCC need to keep their powder dry for the 2018 cycle. Ad buys in overwhelmingly Democratic districts in New York and California are expensive! Plus, paying for consultants to help them mismanage races in Virginia and Ohio will take up a lot of the budget.

I mean, really! Win early special elections to motivate the base, set a narrative in media coverage, and project an image of strength and certainty to undecided / unregistered voters? Why would we ever do that?
 
2017-03-20 11:10:33 AM  
Why even vote?

Do you want President Trump?  'cuz that's how you get President Trump.
 
2017-03-20 11:15:15 AM  
I was born in Montana and even though we moved to Idaho when I was young, we went back to Montana regularly to visit family. In those days the unions held enormous power and the state was reliably Democratic. Sen. Mike Mansfield was not only a Democrat, he was the Senate Majority Leader for 16 years.
 
2017-03-20 11:15:29 AM  

propasaurus: dv-ous: And it's still a race, because Montana.

I mean, c'mon, what are they supposed to do? Vote for a Democrat?


Anything but the GOP.  Fark Gianforte.
 
2017-03-20 11:18:34 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I gotta tell you, though, Whitefish, MT is one of the nicest towns I have ever visited. If I had to give up Seattle, I wouldn't mind considering moving to Whitefish.


This state is so big, I have never even been there.
 
2017-03-20 01:01:24 PM  
Stayed in Missoula last weekend. Wonderful scenery and the TA there was super nice. Basic facilities but the people there were top notch.

There's a battle going on in MT to reduce prison terms. A bipartisan commission of stakeholders including judges, lawmakers and police put together an action list that is working its way through the state legislature. The county prosecutors are fighting it after not showing up for the meetings. The point was to reduce prison spending by making sure only the people who should be in prison would be sentenced to prison. Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Eliminating or greatly curtailing minimum sentences. One the laws they are fighting over was meant to apply to environmentalists who spiked trees to injure loggers but has been used as a catch-all when the police don't have strong enough evidence for a DUI or other crime. The prosecutors want to use it for everything but the legislators who wrote the original bill are really pissed that it's being used that way.

There was a bill introduced to defund county prosecutors if they kept lobbying against the reform bill, justifying it by pointing to the higher costs their current practices incur for the state. While I agree that is a problem I also don't agree that laws should be introduced to shut up protestors. That's essentially what they were trying to do. The prosecutors have the right to protect their established way of doing business just as much as everyone else has a right to say that they are wrong.

If the reform bill has bipartisan support then it should be enough to pass. Just seeing that a Republican controlled legislature was trying to reform the laws in such a comprehensive way to make sure only actual dangerous people are imprisoned was making me want to move out there. Along with the absolutely gorgeous scenery.
 
2017-03-20 01:09:02 PM  

BolloxReader: Stayed in Missoula last weekend. Wonderful scenery and the TA there was super nice. Basic facilities but the people there were top notch.


That pretty much describes the ideal vacation spot.
 
2017-03-20 01:18:27 PM  
Gawd, are Montana Democrats the party of STUPID.  "Let's run somebody who's never been elected so much as dogcatcher against a guy with a pile of his own money to spend and nearly won the governorship six months ago.  But hey, we're gunning for that all important western folkie demographic."  

They could have run with this woman instead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Curtis who has at least won elective office a few times and is from solidly Democratic Butte.  Nope.  Had to go with the guy in the cowboy hat and the guitar.
 
2017-03-20 04:29:19 PM  
The last one, 1979, featured Mission Mountain Wood Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage.  In 1977, they featured Bonnie Raitt, Doug Kershaw, Mission Mountain Wood Band, and someone named Tarwater.
 
2017-03-20 04:47:19 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: BolloxReader: Stayed in Missoula last weekend. Wonderful scenery and the TA there was super nice. Basic facilities but the people there were top notch.

That pretty much describes the ideal vacation spot.


I may be movin' to Montana soon.

/Raisin' my lonley dental floss.
 
2017-03-20 04:57:13 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I gotta tell you, though, Whitefish, MT is one of the nicest towns I have ever visited. If I had to give up Seattle, I wouldn't mind considering moving to Whitefish.


tell me more, it looks like a really pretty town.
 
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