But…but…our governor doesn’t have any weak points!
Yeah right, Bub – I hope you keep thinking like that all the way to the election.
Today I’d like to point out how Greg Gianforte, or whatever GOP candidate makes it through the gauntlet of closed primaries that the Montana Republican Party will throw at them, can beat our current governor.
That would be something, wouldn’t it? There’s nothing more pathetic than a one-term governor. Do you think Steptoe & Johnson might take the poor bastard back?
Do you care?
I don’t – I could care less. And let me tell you why.
This is the big one that should be very easy for Republicans. Continuously point out that we had $93 million or so in infrastructure spending last year.
Then point out the $67 million in interest we didn’t have to pay for that.
Explain that the $67 million is what your child would have been paying until 2035 or so, or whenever the bonds that we used were finally paid off.
If I was to bring up the bonds I think I’d have to bring up the $400 million of your money that’s just been sitting in the state’s bank for the past year.
Yeah, you could probably use that, couldn’t you?
You know who else can use that? Bankers that like to lend to each other at the interest rates that you no longer enjoy.
Yeah, Steve Bullock felt it would be better for his banker friends to make money off your money for the next two years, and that’s why we have $400 million of your money sitting in the bank.
Why isn’t it in your pocket, or perhaps already spent in your local community, as you would have done had it been returned to you?
Steve Bullock would rather you not ask that question.
2: Steve Bullock Supports Incompetent Doctors that Ruin Lives
Did you hear about Doctors Dale & Kemp? Well, you’ll be hearing a lot more about them come ad season.
These were the two state medical examiners that just up and quit this past July.
Why did that do that? Because of incompetence and corruption.
I love this story because it makes Democrats squirm, or sure will. It’s also a great story that Republicans can use to tarnish Max Baucus’s legacy. Who doesn’t want to do that!
It’s real simple. Just point out that these two doctors quit because of Doctor Tom Bennett. I think the headline says it all: Montana Crime Lab: Bullock allowed problematic doctor to perform infant autopsies.
Gosh, you know I don’t think I heard the Democratic mouthpiece, MT Cowturd, mention this story?
If the Cowturd isn’t mentioning something that’s making front page headlines for a week, then you know there’s a lot of truth in there.
Hit this story hard, GOPers, hit it hard. It’s clear we have corruption, nepotism, and backrubbing.
Bring it up every chance you get. Oh, and don’t be afraid to pull Mike McGrath into the mess – he helped cause it.
We all know that one of the most effective strategies for winning is to have Democrats going after Democrats.
What’s more, please don’t forget that casting doubt on the abilities of our current justices is a great way for the out-of-state money to come in and win the Montana Supreme Court races next year.
Bullock is so easy to beat that it’s pathetic.
Mainly all you have to do is go after the weak points, and just keep hitting ‘em. Day after day, point out what he has or has not done, and make sure voters know it.
It’s the TV, stupid!
All you need to do is bombard the TV viewer with one ad after another. We’ll talk more this week about how to make those ads interesting. More importantly, we’ll talk about avoiding overkill with the ads.
Steve Bullock will have his fancy-pants K-streeters from Washington helping him in that department.
God, it’ll be great to watch.
I remember the ads that we saw last go-round, particularly with the Lewis campaign.
Democrats just have trouble in this department, and you really see their lack of confidence. We’ll see it a lot starting in a few months.
There are two very easy points that will cause Montana voters to nod their head when they hear them.
- First, why is Steve Bullock constantly out of state raising money?
- Next, why did Steve Bullock close his door to legislators during the final days of the 2015 Legislature?
Those two points are gold, and I’d bring them up again and again.
For the first one, you need to get hold of the governor’s schedules. Add up the time and compare it against the time he’s actually working.
Which is he doing more? How many miles has he logged? How much fuel is that?
It’s in the details, folks, and that’s what people remember in those 30-second ad spots. These are also good points to bring up in the debate.
You want to get your opponent flabbergasted and mumbling. Hit them on the weak points.
For the second one, I just love it. We had the “oh so important” infrastructure bill (to Democrats, at least), but then the governor won’t even allow GOP legislators to come to his office and talk about the bill.
It’s not that he didn’t allow talk, it’s that he actually physically closed his door. It’s like you’re knocking on the door, but he won’t open it.
Wow, talk about a great campaign ad, maybe where notes are passed under the door and only important staffers are let in, not GOP legislators that are desperately knocking.
I love it!
I love taking a person’s past mistakes and amplifying them for all to see. It’s even better when the view these mistakes as successes, such as with this infrastructure bill.
Again, the $67 million in interest is a sure-winner with conservative voters on the Hi-Line and in eastern Montana. Hit him hard, hit him often.
Ah, this one’s so easy it’s not even funny.
How much has your insurance gone up? How about those benefits…what have they done?
How is your doctor doing…you know, the one you went to for decades? Oh, haven’t seen him lately? Why is that?
Wow, Obamacare is really the gift that keeps on giving as far as GOPers are concerned. For Democrats, it’s just a huge hurdle they have to overcome.
Obamacare didn’t help me or my family one bit. We could get into how the GOP helped make it like this, looking out for the same Big Pharma and Healthcare Giants that Democrats did, but why?
People don’t want to hear that shit – they want to hear that the guy with the bags of tar and feathers has arrived!
Let’s tar and feather the bastards that drove up my costs, took my doctor, and effectively took a few hundred extra dollars out of my pocket each month!
Those crooks – it’s time to vote ‘em out!
My, it really makes their efforts look rather silly, don’t you think? I mean, they’re trying to come up with all these positives, all these reasons why Bullock will definitely win.
Do you know why? It’s because they’re scared.
Democrats in Montana were scared shitless that Gianforte might get into the race, and that’s why they took the unprecedented move of attacking him left and right before he’d done anything.
It’s a lot easier to attack someone than look at yourself and fix what needs to be fixed so you can win.
Democrats don’t want to fix their problems, however – they want you to forget about them in a series of fun-filled arguments designed to convince you that your life has never been better, or barring that, that it will get better…some day, some how…but please don’t ask for specifics.
I mean, gosh, you can get an abortion anytime you want, and if you’re gay you can get married. Isn’t that good enough? Just shut the fuck up and get your ass to the ballot box, will ya? Don’t ask so many questions!
If I was a Republican running for governor in 2016, I would never stop asking questions.
That’s what Bullock fears more than anything, a questioning of his leadership.
Well, that tells me that you should question the hell out of it.
Why can’t Montana get good-paying jobs?
Just let it hang in the air there for awhile. Listen to those asses shifting in seats, the lone cough that fills the auditorium.
Yep, this is a question Democrats cannot answer.
Why can’t we get good jobs here?
This should be an easy one for Gianforte. I’d focus on Mainstreet Montana and how that program has been an abysmal failure.
How much money has that program cycled through? And what has the result been?
Focus on the job-creating “efforts” of the Bullock Administration and then show the results. We know from Tester’s Small Business Workshop that we’ve lost thousands of manufacturing jobs in the past few years.
Sounds like a perfectly good thing to blame Bullock for, right?
And why not? He’s the guy in charge. Doesn’t the buck stop there?
Probably not. Politicians only claim successes, never failures.
Fine, just point out the failures on the TV with political ads, and do it again, and again, and again, and…