Sorry Indy… But Dave Strohmaier Ain’t Missoula’s Nanny

By CFS

In the current edition of the Missoula Independent the local paper takes aim at Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier over his Social Host Ordinance  and many of the policy positions he has taken in his six years in office.  Three times in the article – once in the headline, once in a quote, and once in the second to last paragraph – the Indy emasculates and attempts to make Dave appear effete through his desire to clean up after an infantilized Missoula populace.  In my opinion, the use of such language turns a pretty solid article into a hack job.

I would expect such language from a right-wing rag but from an independent newspaper based out of Missoula?  There is a long history of Liberalism’s opponents painting liberals as soft, elitists, and effeminate.  I don’t understand why the Indy is playing into such lazy stereotypes other than to set the tone of how the paper will handle Strohmaier in any eventual run for Montana’s open Congressional House seat.

The Tea People now holding sway in Helena proposed plenty of legislation to clean up after messy voters including:

But in conducting a search of the Indy’s news stories I never once came across language labeling Tea Party policies or politicians as people espousing a nanny-state.

I can understand why the Social Host Ordinance is the definition of government overreach to some people; the sanctity of one’s home and personal privacy are issues that people care deeply about and the image of Dave poking his fedora clad head into your house to check IDs  probably isn’t a pleasant one.  But at the same time, bar tenders are held responsible for serving minors alcohol… maybe people throwing house parties should be held responsible as well.

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  1. Pogo Possum

    I have been going back and forth between Dave and Frankie Wilmer but after reading this I am going to say a little prayer tonight that Strohmaier runs for and wins the Democratic primary for the U.S. House race.

    • Franke Wilmer by a thousand percent.

      I’m suspicious though….

      • Pogo Possum

        :-)

        • mr benson

          “Back and forth”…on who would be easier to beat?

          Strohmaier, but either one has a mountain to climb.

          Strohmaier v Wilmer is Missoula vs Bozeman, or, as the rest of the state would see it, wookie city versus california.

          • petetalbot

            What if Schweitzer jumped in? Daines wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. Could happen.

          • Wookie city? Do you mean Wookiee?

            While I live here Missoula will always be the StarWars City.

            [Belts out his Chewbacca impersonation.]

  2. Oh…I don’t know. I didn’t read the Indy yet, but it sounds like I’m probably in agreement.

    He seems to like proposing laws..or rules or regulations or ordinances…whatever. I would almost bet that if someone looked at statistics of ordinances proposed in a space in time, he’s got the most.

    • Carfreestupidity

      I would think that would be a nice change after Denny who seemed to be happy simply slapping his name on other people’s bills.

  3. Disco Dave isn’t electable outside Ward 1. If they existed (and they should) he couldn’t even win an at-large seat on the City Council.

    Fix the potholes.




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