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And you like this.
Or maybe you hate it.
Either way, you keep coming back to see what’s going to be said next.
So let’s say it.
I see that legislative drop-out, Mary Sheehy Moe, is making the rounds of the blogosphere with her story about her 3 granddaughters.
As you likely know, these girls were born premature and had all kinds of problems. In fact, according to her piece today, it took 28 doctors and 10 weeks in the intensive care unit to make those three girls fit to live.
I’m sure that cost a lot of money, and since insurance covers it, it probably put a huge dent into the rich men’s pockets that profit from insurance.
For me, I really do not care.
I don’t care about Moe or her granddaughters, the same way that I don’t care about the 23,215 infant deaths we had last year.
Why should I?
I’ve got my own problems.
We all do.
It’s called life, and my God is it tough to get through sometimes.
Moe and her daughter found that out the hard way earlier this year, and while their situation is painstaking and harsh, the cold truth is that it doesn’t affect you one iota.
Quick slogan idea for Dems: We’re going to start caring about your problems, not our own.
If Mary’s grandpappy hadn’t been ‘Skeff’ Sheehy – who served on the Montana Supreme Court from 1978 to 1991 – she wouldn’t be important at all.
But he was her grandpappy, and Mary put in time as a teacher, and for that MEA-MFT sees a winner…at least in the safe, blue cities.
So she’ll be back, probably for another legislative run, but if we’re lucky, a run at Congress.
I say ‘if we’re lucky’ on the latter because we know with that kind of pursuit, she’d lose and lose big.
Mary, like most Democrats in Montana and the country, don’t really have any ideas once you peel away their rhetoric over healthcare and Russian meddling and how bad the Donald is.
Very sad, but true.
So Mike Wheat is retiring from the Montana Supreme Court at the end of the year.
That’s about 2 years into his 6-year term.
Maybe it’s his health. Maybe he’s just sick of it. Maybe…maybe something else is going on.
Personally, I feel Bullock will jump at this opportunity.
His PAC news bombed badly last week, as there was no interest in it and he had to back-peddle on his true ambitions.
If his staffers are smart, they know there are no routes for him in 2020…aside from a very miniscule chance at a cabinet position if a Democrat gets in.
I don’t think a Democrat will get in. Their Party has no ideas.
So Bullock would be smart to pull an Erickson-Cooney deal.
How that’d work is that Bullock would step down from governor, Cooney would become governor, and Cooney would then appoint Bullock to fill out the remainder of Wheat’s term…which conveniently takes him up to 2020, and his shot at Daines.
Bullock has been a failed governor and the state is suffering because of this. The Party suffers.
Come 2020 he’ll be going nowhere aside from the private sector.
So getting into Wheat’s seat is his best option at this point. Hell, maybe the pay is even higher! And an added benefit is that we know all the skeletons in his closet won’t come spilling out in a supreme court race as they would in a national race.
Might just save the façade of his marriage for another few years, until the kids are done with school.
So take the deal, Steve. I can’t help but think it’s about the same one as was bandied about in January.
Another failed Democratic legislator has a post up this week.
It’s Sue Malek of Missoula, complaining about Trump’s economy.
I say ‘failed legislator’ because that’s what Democratic legislators are in Montana – failures.
They can get nothing done.
Perhaps it’s not a failure of each individual, but of the collective. They just can’t win where it counts – outside the cities – and so are a perpetual minority.
Remember, Dems haven’t had the Montana legislature since 1991. I was 10-years-old then.
Mostly, I’m so tired of hearing these failures complain all the time.
Perhaps if they spent as much time figuring out solutions as they do complaints, they could win.
But they don’t, and they can’t.
So have fun reading their tired, mental wanderings.
Or maybe you’re like the majority of the state, and when the topic of Democrats comes up you just chuckle.
Hey, maybe that’s an even better slogan.
Dems: The Party of chuckles.
And that's all, folks.
Come back tomorrow for some insight into how terrible Missoula's economy is for anyone but rich assholes.