I’m confident she’ll be the nominee and then the party will send her out on a barnstorming tour of the state that'll make headlines for weeks, narrowing the gap in the polls considerably.
By October Daines will be flailing about, wondering why his attack ads are doing nothing against someone that Montana can believe in.
It’s the only sensible choice. Wanzenried moved to Billings so he can teach at the MSU-extension there. You know how I feel on Bohlinger and Adams – they were the only two to challenge Walsh in the primary and should be accorded some respect in the party because of it. I suspect the most opposition to Curtis will come from their supporters.
The MEA-MFT has already endorsed Curtis, and as president Eric Feaver says in Mike Dennison’s piece in the Missoulian today, “she will smack Steve Daines upside the head, which he needs.”
I met Eric Feaver when I was making the rounds trying to get candidate endorsements. He seemed like a pretty smart guy, and statement like that proves it.
So what will happen come Saturday? That’s the entirely wrong question, for what happens in the days before then is much more important. As James Connor says on The Flathead Memo, “some…who want the nomination are pushing hard, perhaps too hard, already annoying delegates.”
No one wants to be spammed and called hours on end, and that might cause some of these candidates to think twice. I’m pretty confident emails have already gone out requesting supporters ‘tone-down’ their campaigns.
And of course opposition parties will be digging. Can some dirt be dug up on Curtis? I’m sure the Democrats have already been checking backgrounds, or at least have started to…haven’t they? Or should they?
Does it matter if someone…well, what does matter? We talked about 5 unforgivable sins that will cause a candidate to drop out of a political race, but does a frontrunner like Curtis have anything buried in the backyard? She’s only 34 years old, so I wouldn’t think so…but l have a feeling anything could happen this week.
What I hope happens is that a clear frontrunner is chosen and the party and everyone else gets behind him or her and we can set the media’s tone to get on Daines again, doing so by campaigning hard around the state.
August is a great month for listening tours and town hall meetings and stump speeches at county fairs. There’ll still be two weeks of it come next Sunday, and I hope the party makes the most of it.