Susan Collins of Maine got some property tax deductions.
Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson got bigger tax breaks for businesses and wealthy professionals.
Jeff Flake of Texas got a promise from Mike Pence that he’d be in on future immigration talks. Hope he got that in writing.
And what’d Steve Daines get?
Not one damn thing.
Nothing for Montana.
He could have. Earlier this week he was hemming-and-hawing that he might vote against the tax cut.
He should have stuck to his guns.
If he had, maybe Montana would get some pork.
Maybe we’d get some funding for infrastructure, or business development, or even some more resource extraction.
Hell, the way the GOP wanted to get this thing done so fast, Daines could probably have even gotten an assurance that Coltrip would never close.
But he didn’t get any of that.
Now, let’s be fair – he’s not the only one.
Bob Corker of Tennessee wanted revenue triggers should the deficit explode. He didn’t get what he wanted, and was the only GOPer to vote against the bill.
John McCain was against the bill for a long time, until just a day or so ago. Then he was for it.
Now…the truth of the matter is that no one knows what exactly is in this 400+ page bill…especially those that voted for or against it.
So maybe McCain did get something for Arizona or his D.C. crony buddies.
Maybe Daines got something too, for either Montana or his future efforts. I just don’t think so.
So as the Dem mouthpieces around the state ramp-up their criticism of Daines and Republicans in general, just remember…
The ultimate failure of Daines wasn’t in voting for the tax cut, it’s that he didn’t get anything in return for that vote.
How’s that for political acumen?