First, over at Logicosity they have some good numbers on which counties voted for Bullock in 2012.
Mainly, without the Libertarian he would have lost. What I found surprising were how many people voted but simply chose not to vote for a gubernatorial candidate…8,400 people to be exact.
Bullock won the election by 7,501 votes.
Clearly, there’s a huge problem here. I’m of the opinion I have been for more than a year – there’s no passion in the Montana Democratic Party.
Voters see that, and they vote accordingly. We need orators, damn it, not fancy suits that charge hundreds of dollars for their services when not ‘serving the public.’
Lawyers – sheesh! Who’s gonna get excited about a fucking lawyer?
No one, that’s who, not one goddamn person in this state is going to get excited about what a lawyer has to say.
What could Bullock say that might get people excited, that might get him those 8,400 people to vote for him…since they’re voting already?
Hey – how about marijuana? I mean…it’s more popular than Oreos!
Wow, will you look at that? That comes from a Forbes article today called America’s 2015 Marijuana Sales Higher Than Dasani, Oreos [Infographic].
People like pot.
Here in Montana we’re trying to legalize it.
Instead of supporting this – or even mentioning it – Democrats ignore it.
My, they are dumb.
Well, not just that, they’re afraid.
They’re afraid that if they say, ‘hey, let’s legalize marijuana and tax the hell out of it and use that money for schools so pinched property taxpayers can get some relief,’ that the GOP will jump all over them.
How many stay-at-home voters do you think you might get to the polls, voters that could easily be convinced to vote for Bullock?
We sure as shit know that Gianforte isn’t going to support the green stuff. The only substance he likes is black tar, the kind that comes from the ground and which we inject into our automobiles.
Alas, Bullock doesn’t support the green stuff either.
What could have been a winning issue will now be something they hope will help them…they just say that behind closed doors where it doesn’t really matter.
Another story I’d like to point out today was on The Western World, a blog out of Great Falls.
This post has a bit on the continued spat over planes and PACs.
Yesterday Twitter was full of tweets from the paid Democratic hacks. They talked-up their letter requesting that Gianforte give back all his PAC money.
No mention was ever given over to the $70,000 in PAC money that Bullock has taken, even in the Hypocrisy post that Cowturd put up today.
Speaking of Cowturd…did you see ol’ John Morrison appear the other day with a guest post?
What the hell was that all about?
Is he really mounting a comeback…and if so…when...2018 against Tester? Well, the guy has balls, but we knew that already.
Anyways, no one gives a shit about Gianforte going to a fundraiser so the Montana Republican Party can raise PAC money.
It’d be like anyone caring about the fundraisers Bullock went to so PACs could raise money for the Montana Democratic Party.
Maybe the people that are paid to care, the kind that are spewing out nonsense on Twitter that other paid-to-care-people might read, but other than that…no one.
This isn’t a strategy to win an election – it’s a strategy that some paid hacks use so they can fill up that 8-hour workday with ‘meaningful work.’
Remember, win or lose, those guys get paid and they will move on to some other state to ‘help’ some other candidate.
If I was Bullock and the Dems I’d start to think of some issues that Montanans actually care about. Then I’d start talking about them.
Well, what else can we talk about?
How about the linchpin holding the Democratic Party together – the Governor’s Office?
Without that…what power would the Montana Democratic Party have?
None, they’d have none.
They have no power in the legislature, besides what they can do with their ‘cushy’ minority positions…which ain’t much.
They can play defense, work on making deals.
There will be no big pushes, no grand policy ideas, and certainly no change.
Nope, things will remain the same.
I said it last week – Montana Democrats have not had a chamber of the legislature since 1991 and they have not had both chambers since 1985.
That’s 30 years.
For 30 years we’ve allowed this state of affairs to continue, nay, to get worse.
There has been no talk of this, no one has been held accountable.
Indeed, we continue to follow the same tired and worn-out policies and talking points that have kept us in the minority for 30 years.
When someone does decide to talk about this they’re often called a traitor to the party, tarred and feathered, and run out of Dodge.
Folks, wake up – we’re failures.
We cannot win.
Worse, instead of realizing that and doing something about it, we continue to enable poor and often corrupt leadership just so we can keep that linchpin, keep that veto pen.
It’s only when we sit out a season, do some rebuilding, that we’ll be able to move forward once again.
Montana Democrats need to lose, and they need to lose bad.
Only then will they realize that change is necessary, the kind of change that can make them real winners again.