Perhaps losing has its benefits.
I have to think that when I continue to see incompetence come from Montana Democrats at all levels in the state.
Whether it’s the legislature, running for Congress, or even keeping the governor’s office, I continue to see candidates do more harm to themselves than the other guy is doing to them.
- For Denise Juneau, it’s her inability to fight or get a strong message out.
- For MDLCC, it’s their inability to field winning candidates, or win with those they have.
- For Bullock, it’s his continual playing of defense in the face of sustained, unremitting Republican attacks that, let’s face it, his campaign has no idea what to do about.
Those are the three things I see out there on the field. Let’s discuss.
Denise Juneau’s Charade
I wish James St Goddard would have filed so at least we’d have a choice in the primary.
As it is now, the only way to gauge discontent/indifference about Juneau is to see how few vote for her in relation to the other names on the ticket.
Now, before you jump all over me…I plan to vote for Juneau.
About 150,000 other Montanans don’t, however.
What are you going to do about that?
If you’re the Juneau campaign I’d say you’re going to go another 19 days with no new blog post on your website.
Or has something been happening? If so…why aren’t you telling us?
Facebook is no better – just sweetness and light there, the kind of down-home posts that’ll make mom happy but won’t do much to win you an election.
I’m sure Carol Juneau is wondering what her daughter is doing.
Where’s the anger, the frustration, the shouting, yelling, and punching, kicking, biting, pulling hair and using nails, damn it!
If Ryan Zinke is so bad for Montana then you better start acting like it.
Get up on that stage and shout out how pissed you are, how angry you are that Zinke is in office and how much this ruins my life.
- Tell me how Montana will suffer for decades because of the policies this man and his oligarch buddies will enact.
- Tell me that years of progress will be undone because of this coward and his crony capitalist friends.
- Tell me he’ll destroy my way of life and laugh while doing so.
Sure as shit tell me something, but don’t make me go 19 days with nothing!
Digging into Zinke’s PAC contributors would be a good place to start.
God, where’s the fight?
Where is the fight in this woman?
I see none, absolutely none.
We need a half-starved lion to race out onto that plain and tear into the throat of our opponent.
Instead we have a docile gazelle, prancing merrily across the state with smiles and nods and not much else.
Is Denise Juneau running for the U.S. House or just wasting all of our time?
I went ahead and emailed Amanda Frickle on March 17…but got no response.
I figured I wouldn’t, probably because I continually harp on the inadequacies of Bullock. I also point out corruption, and make it known when a candidate is not doing well…such as I just did with Juneau.
Alas, the Democratic brass in Montana doesn’t like that.
I in no way blame Amanda Frickle for her silence as she’s just being told to act that way by her bosses.
If I had to guess, I’d say that was Nancy Keenan.
Remember, I called Nancy up two to three times – never got a response, never got a call back.
She's strong, isn't she?
I was quite surprised, therefore, when I got an email from Faith Scow on Wednesday, March 23.
She’s a MDLCC staffer that’s trying to put together photo templates of all the candidates.
So I got an email requesting I do mine.
I told her I wasn’t too concerned about the templates, what I really needed was access to the Voter Access Network (VAN) so I can target the voters in my district.
I was told that Amanda is the one to talk about on that.
So I emailed back saying I informed Amanda a week ago about getting access, have yet to get a response. I suggested that Faith tell Amanda I’m trying to get ahold of her.
As of yet, no response, nor do I expect there to be one.
This young staffer made a mistake I imagine, sending that email to me.
After all, we know that the Democratic mouthpieces of the state call me an anti-Semite Republican.
And this directed at a lowly guy living in poverty in a basement in Missoula.
My…what did I say that caused them to get a bee up their bonnet so?
Bullock’s Ever-Present Defense
Let me rephrase that – is Bullock ever on anything besides offensive-defense?
Offensive-defense is when you attack ceaselessly on a perceived flaw in your opponent because your opponent just hit you with a real zinger.
- This is Bullock going after Gianforte’s non-discrimination ordinance, again, after the plane debacle this past week.
- It’s Bullock harping on the Glendive dinosaur museum when Gianforte is going around meeting voters.
- Many times it’s Bullock complaining about Gianforte’s New Jersey roots or how many millions he has, typically after Gianforte gets a big press piece that gets his name out there more.
So each time that Bullock is on the offensive it’s only because he’s been forced back onto the defense.
He’s never tearing across the battlefield with no regard for casualties, no concern for supply lines, and no qualms about communication.
Instead he’s always looking to cover his rear, resupply, and slow things down.
He’s on the defense – always.
How can that change?
This is my 5-point plan:
- Staff Shuffle: Get rid of the current campaign staff and replace them with former Dem party higher-ups that were forced out when Tester advanced a level. We need people that know the state.
- Bring in the Guns: Get every single living former top official and have them write letters once a week. Get those circulated to the newspapers. Why in God’s name has Baucus abandoned Montana? Why is he not writing letters? Every living Democratic governor is the same – get these people working.
- MDLCC Field Trips: Get those young staffers on the road, pay for hotels, and have them make contacts in the field. We need to meet the people running for the legislature, and long before filing starts. Jim Elliot had the right idea years ago on this. We need voter contact in those areas.
- Capital for a Day: Bring back Ted Schwinden’s idea of going around the state and having small towns serve as the “Capital for a day.” Bullock is there all day, doing business, meeting people. He’ll be on the road a lot, nearly all the time. That’s what elections campaigns are.
- 110% Transparency: I see the latest attacks are about Bullock’s schedule, or lack thereof…at least on his website. I’ve bitched about this for months. Glad to see the media realizing it’s an issue. Mainly, why am I paying your salary but you won’t tell me what you’re doing? If Bullock doesn’t want to be transparent it’s clear he doesn’t want a second term.
Oh, and please – don’t give me any bullshit about FOIA requests slowing down your office ever again.
If you want to bring up that attitude I’ll do my best to send you back to the private sector where you don’t need to worry about such things.
What a stupid thing for his office to say. Clearly, Gianforte is right that we need better customer service in Helena.
Woops, looks like Bullock’s on the defense again.
He should be used to it by now.
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