He was the State Auditor from 2001 to 2008, though he took a little break from that to try his hand for the Senate in 2006. Yep, he’s the guy that Jon Tester beat in the primary.
Why the hell does any of this matter?
Shoot – why the hell haven’t we heard from John Lewis or Amanda Curtis?
Because you know what, I’ve seen what happens to ‘politicians’ that drop out of the limelight…they end up like John Morrison, someone you say ‘oh yeah’ to, as in ‘oh yeah, I remember that guy now...what ever happened to him?’
Let me tell you something – leading isn’t something you just switch on and off depending on which month of the year it is or if there’s a campaign going or not. It’s something you do each day.
I’d like to see some continued leadership from these two, at least if they want to stay relevant. But then, maybe I’m just being stupid again.
I mean, really – should candidates be down in the trenches, where real people might be able to hurl invective at them, or worse? I’m talking about throwing a comment out on a blog post, or a newspaper article, or even on the radio.
Or did we have too much to talk about on the radio each morning already, and were those letters to the editor section plum full already?
- Because it seems to me drafting out a 12-month newspaper letter-writing campaign might be a plan.
- Or maybe coming up with a groovy pen name to use for online newspaper comments (do you have the balls to use your own?).
- And perhaps an attempt or two to get some TV and radio time, especially during those slow times when they’ll take anything.
That’s where you’re at, you know, that ‘take anything’ state. You’re on the side of the road, washed up, used up, flat broke and busted. Zinke’s our rep until January 2017 at least, and Daines is there until January 2021.
What’s your plan? And gosh darn, that really goes the same foe Dirk Adams and…well, are John Bollinger and John Driscoll too old now? Maybe they are, or maybe they’re just ready to tell you to go to hell.
And for all you young guns, why not take that chance right from them? If these guys and gals don’t want to come up with a plan, why don’t you? We’re in the internet age now, when you can create anything and put it out for anyone to see, and buy. You can create a whole new career for yourself, or place in the world. You can be beholden to none.
Of course someone could throw a wrench right into the middle of that plan. That’s the problem with plans – they often go awry. Hell, Sun Tzu knew that, but he still made ‘em.
And parties? Ha, who needs parties? They pick the good ol’ boys and shut out everyone else…like you. Why do you need a party when you have followers already, the infrastructure set up, and more passion and get-up-and-go then all of ‘em? Because honestly, I’m not too impressed by party politics. And you’re not impressed either, and that’s why you need a plan to counter them.
Don’t think for one second you can’t run in a primary and upset the balance of things – that’s exactly what Montanans like more than anything.
But perhaps we’re getting off the beaten path here. Remember how we started this article by talking about John Morrison? Yeah, you’ve probably already forgotten, just like you forgot him all those years ago.
What was your plan again?