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Is Olbermann the new Murrow? And Bush/Cheny/Rumsfeld the new McCarthy? (Bonus: Olbermann on Bush.)

Pogie examines how Burns earned a negative rating from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He sends our troops into combat abroad and screws them at home. Classy. (And check out this vet’s perspective on those that vote for war, but against supporting them when they return.)

Shane examines how Burns is “delivering” for Montana. What he’s delivering will help grow your vegetables, but you wouldn’t want to step in it.

Both Burns and Rehberg make Kossak dengre’s Abramoff “List of 64.”

If you’re a hunter, you obviously support Monica Lindeen who wants to preserve wild space and keep it accessible to Montanans. Liberal Wacko has a suggestion on how you hunters can help Monica out.

New West begins a series on the regulatory-takings initiative in Oregon.

It’s not only blogs that going increasingly local, now it’s the administration’s “fear campaign 2006.”

Lambart finds a Foreign Affairs article that suggests that terrorism isn’t really a threat. And goes ballistic.

Steven Benen on ABC’s hypocrisy surrounding the 9/11 “fakumentary.” Remember, these are the same guys that refused to distribute “Farenheit 9/11.”

The LA Times reviews “Blood Money,” and concludes most of the money sent to Iraq for “rebuilding” was really a form of domestic corporate welfare.

Kevin Drum on how to deal with Iran. Hint: it doesn’t involve blowing them sky-high.

Can blogs be held accountable for libel? We’ll soon find out.

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One of the more interesting theories on why Iverson was sent over to Burns is that Burns is headed for indictment, and Iverson is there to smooth Dennis Rehberg’s transition to Republican Senate candidate.

Love the rumor. I don’t buy it. Basically if Burns is indicted, the Republicans are scr*wed. First, Montana law doesn’t allow candidates to withdraw their names from the ballot at this late date (MCA 13-10-325):

A candidate may not withdraw later than 85 days before a general election or 75 days before a primary election.

There’s some 60-odd days left before the general.

If Burns, say, resigns from his office, he’s still stuck on the ballot. And:

13-25-202. Vacancy in office of United States senator. (1) If a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held at the next general election. If the election is invalid or not held at that time, the election to fill the vacancy shall be held at the next succeeding general election.

(2) The governor may make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy until the election.

The “governor” in this case is Democrat Brian Schweitzer and friend and political ally of Jon Tester. Don’t take rocket-science-level-genius to see where that dog’s headed…

There is one – and only one — way that Dennis R slips onto the ballot as the Republican candidate, and Boss Hogg’s probably not gonna like it (MCA 13-10-327):

However, if a candidate for partisan office dies less than 85 days before the general election, the affected political party shall appoint a candidate within 5 days after being notified of the vacancy.

So…unless Dennis and his pals are planning on Conrad Burns’ untimely death, Montana is stuck with Burns as their Republican nominee for Senate.

That leaves us hanging out to dry on the Iverson switch-a-roo. It doesn’t make much sense. Why would someone knowingly and willingly join a losing campaign and a loser candidate? Charity? If you follow the links on Matt’s excellent post, you could speculate that Iverson’s showboating and upstaging got him booted off the Rehberg campaign. Essentially Iverson was canned. Or exiled.

But a poor choice, for Rehberg as well. Check out McKenna’s quote in the Gazette article, for reasons why:

In response, Tester spokesman Matt McKenna said, “Outside of Conrad Burns, few people in Montana are more entangled with the Jack Abramoff and INSA (Inland Northwest Space Alliance) than Erik Iverson, so this seems like par for the course with the Burns’ campaign.”

He was referring to the fact that Rehberg recommended Carter County hire Kevin Ring, a former associate of Abramoff’s, to lobby to get a highway paved. Iverson’s wife worked on a clinical trial for INSA, although she was paid by other sources.

So here’s a guy involved with Rehberg’s dirty laundry coming over to Boss Hogg himself. Turns out they know some of the same guys. You can’t help but start thinking of Burns and Rehberg as coming from the same mould, now can you?

The Bush administration is amazing. Not in a good way, of course. They’ve implemented all sorts of degradations to personal liberty, law, and decency that hereto belonged solely to the mad ravings of tinfoil hat loonies.

We’ve all known that the CIA has been pursuing a secret program of international kidnapping and torture, snatching suspected terrorists off the streets and whisking them away to secret hideaways stashed in the mountains of Eastern Europe, only now the President admits it.

The announcement from Bush is the first time the administration has acknowledged the existence of CIA prisons, which have been a source of friction between Washington and some allies in Europe. The administration has come under criticism for its treatment of terrorism detainees. European Union lawmakers said the CIA was conducting clandestine flights in Europe to take terror suspects to countries where they could face torture.

And what justification could the President possibly use for this repulsive program enacted in our name?

Speaking at the White House, the president said that the country was still under threat from terrorists.

“They’re still trying to strike America and still trying to kill our people,” Bush said. The U.S. must be able to “detain, question and, when appropriate, prosecute terrorists captured here in America and on the battlefields around the world.”

The only thing is, of course, that these methods either don’t work, or there isn’t a growing number of terrorists. Either way, he’s full of sh*t.

If Guantanamo is any basis for how the program for holding alleged terrorists is going, it’s likely many (most?) of the suspects aren’t terrorists at all, but innocent people swept up in our country’s indiscriminate dragnet, and held because releasing them would force the Bush administration to admit their methods aren’t…well…working. In other words, the Bushies are holding people in torture camps to save face.

Had enough?

Great letter in Sunday’s Missoulian! Tim D. Peterson of Missoula writs in about Dick Cheney’s recent visit to Montana on behalf of Conrad Burns (I changed the title because I suspect the Missoulian – *gasp* – got it wrong:

Cheney seems to be campaigning for Tester

Let me get this straight:

Shotgun Dick visits Whitefish stumping for his buddy Conrad Burns (Missoulian, Aug. 17) and says that in the 20 years he’s known Burns, “Conrad’s always been the same person.”

Does that mean Conrad’s always lacked ethics? Does that mean he’s always been eager to do the bidding of convicted felons like Jack Abramoff? Has he always tried to help Native Americans that don’t live in his district while neglecting those who do live in Montana? Has he always spit venom when encountering heroic public servants like firefighters? Suddenly, “Conrad’s always been the same person” doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, Mr. Vice President.

Cheney also quipped that Burns is “a great son of Montana” and “I think there is something special and unique about that Western perspective.” But Conrad’s not from the West; he’s from Missouri. In the all the years he’s been representing Montana, he hasn’t even bothered to lose his ‘Miss-urruh” accent. Missouri hasn’t been “the West” since the days of the Louisiana Purchase, boys…

I used to think Burns should resign in disgrace and withdraw from the Senate race, but now, I’d like him to just continue being “just like he’s always been,” just like Tom DeLay! What more could Jon Tester ask for?

I have to say this letter kept me laughing. It’s spot on! Not that Cheney can keep track of all the legislators he stumps for, but couldn’t he have at least researched the Montana Senate race and made some, I dunno, personal or accurate statements?

And why the h*ll would anyone want Dick Cheney stumping for them? Might as well invite Darth Vader or Osama bin Laden, they’re about equally as popular.




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