When are the Montana senate debates?
That’s the question countless people are typing into Google, and this is what they get when they do that:
What’s more, there’s a serious lapse going on here with the Amanda Curtis campaign. Here’s an opportunity to drive traffic to their site and social media accounts whenever someone requests information about the debates.
Instead people are just getting the spoon-fed Montana media bullshit, which in this case is good for nothing, as is increasingly the case in this election.
The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
So we need strategy, for as Sun Tzu again says, “what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.”
In this case Daines’ strategy needs to be dismantled, and this should be the ulterior motive underlying the message of the Amanda Curtis campaign as she goes into that debate. The message needs to be along the lines of the Democratic platform’s solid planks, or those that won’t alienate voters. If they do, leave them out.
Daines will stick to the talking points in the debates and he’ll rarely stray, even when counter questions are asked. He’s smart enough to slither his way back onto message, no matter the question.
So you have to dismantle that message.
- When he talks about less government, ask him why he voted to increase government control while eroding our Bill of Rights with CISPA.
- When Steve Daines talks about supporting workers, ask him why wants to keep women from making as much money as men, especially when he’s got two daughters that will be entering the workforce in a few years. (do the children of millionaires work?)
- When he talks about less government, you make sure you let voters know that’s less government regulation, especially for the oil companies getting $2.4 billion in tax breaks each year.
- When he talks about creating jobs just point out that yes, he’s done a marvelous job of that, in Guangzhou where Steve Daines created jobs for Chinese workers at the expense of American workers like Frank Angelo who worked at Proctor & Gamble for 24 years before they closed his plant in 1994.
- Daines is bound to talk up how much support he has in Montana, and you point out how much he does have, so much so that Daines needs to raise millions from yogurt companies in New York, hedge funds that contributed to the Savings & Loan scandals in 1987, and of course the tyrannical Koch brothers who want America to visit the Dark Ages - for good.
These are all things that can be done to disrupt Steve Daines’ ability to stay on message. It rips the rug out from under that message, tearing the foundations out as well. He’ll mumble, go red in the face, look at his notes, drink his water, and bumble about. It doesn’t look good, it looks foolish.
And that’s why Amanda Curtis needs to take a break from the campaign trail this weekend so she can do a shit ton of debate prep. This is the big leagues and she needs to have hours of practice with multiple opponents. She needs current and former elected officials to go to wherever she’s at to drill the hell out of her, make her cry, and whip her into shape.
It’ll be rough, but not as rough as the headlines will be on October 21 if she doesn’t do that.
That’s my opinion from following politics since November 1995, take it or leave it. I will leave you with one more quote, this time from Machiavelli:
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.