- He can’t keep a lieutenant governor;
- He can’t make a Senate appointment;
- He can’t get infrastructure funded;
- He can barely stay in the state.
On that last point I’m talking about him gallivanting off all over the place, probably on the DGA’s dime.
My, that’s a real bummer for all those Montana communities that might want to tell him their problems.
Missoula is one.
Right now there are two petitions going around calling for Royce Engstrom to be fired.
My goodness, how fortunes can change!
On top of this we’ve got the new environmental regulations that are set to close Colstrip – at some point – and all the job losses in other industries that are associated with this.
To make it all worse, there is no real plan to create new jobs to replace these, or for the overwhelming number of people in the state that have simply given up trying to find work.
Not a lot to run on in 2016.
The thing is, who could challenge Bullock?
James Conner kinda hints at that, or maybe he just wanted to, in his post this evening called Ham-handed ouster of McLean hurts Bullock, Democrats.
About the only person that comes to mind that could challenge Bullock is Dirk Adams, but I feel he’s had his wings clipped with the regional party chair position he was given.
Or…was it just a precinct captain?
Gosh, with the kind of money he’s got I’m surprised either of those are good enough.
Oh well. I’ve never been that fond of Adams anyway, mainly because of his East Coast banker times. Maybe they’re not East Coast but I know they’re banker.
What the hell happened to the Montana Democratic Party?
I mentioned yesterday that I left the country in 2008 and didn’t get back until June 2013, but my God, we were on top.
Democrats were damn popular under Schweitzer. More, we could be proud of ourselves.
Not so much anymore. Now it seems we’re scurrying around, trying to cover our tracks, make excuses, or avoiding the discussion entirely.
It doesn’t seem like there are many leaders right now.
- Maybe it’s a generational transition period;
- Maybe it’s the loss of our young people out of state;
- Maybe it’s the culture and how most ignore politics;
- Maybe it’s fear about speaking out.
Who knows – I don’t know.
Right now, a full 12 months before the 2016 legislative elections, I’m confident the Montana Legislature will once again be Republican.
That’s a shame because I don’t feel it has to be this way.
We talked about the 2016 Democratic message a few times now, but there doesn’t seem to be one in the state.
Maybe if there was a stronger message or something, Bullock could pull ahead.
Hey, maybe that’s not such a bad idea. “Democrats are in damage control mode,” Conner writes, and though “some are losing enthusiasm for Bullock…they recoil in horror” at the thought of Gianforte getting elected.
I don’t blame them. I pretty much soured myself on Gianforte on the day I tried to get into his head and figure out how he’d explain away his ‘issues.’
I kind of felt dirty after that.
Anyways, what are you going to do? Bullock’s plowing ahead and he cannot be stopped.
What would make it easier for him to plow ahead better, in a way that gains trust and earns votes?
- First I’d start with a fast lieutenant governor pick. By fast I’m talking the end of this week.
- After that, how about a 2016 game plan on what the platform you’re running on will be? That way everyone around the state can have something to run on too.
- Then, get vocal in the newspapers. I’ll be getting my newspaper campaign to the Ravalli Republic up and running soon, one that lambasts the hell out of Fred Thomas. I’m sorry, but sending the man that is responsible for Montana deregulation back to Helena is wrong. I’ll tell that to voters each month that I can.
- Finally…I don’t know. What else is there?
Well, there better be something. I’ve got no skin in the game as I’m just watching from the sidelines at this point.
As someone living in poverty in Montana, I know that no matter who wins the governor’s office or the presidency, my life will just get worse.
A good example of this is the $13 billion in infrastructure we need, yet we have just half a billion in cash.
There’s no way we can fix all of our problems, and with America broke right now (and sending more troops off to war), it’s not likely things will change.
Will Bullock be able to fix his problems?
I’m not sure, but I’ll eagerly be watching to see what happens next.