Archive for December 8th, 2006

by Jay Stevens 

There’s been some crowing among those on the right that Montana’s 2006 state elections were a victory for Republicans, because…well…they picked up a couple seats in the state senate, and their candidates generally out-polled Democratic nominees.

Fair enough, I suppose. While other states – like Colorado – were bleeding conservative state legislators, Montana’s GOP stemmed the flood and lost “only” their federal Senate seat. (I’ll take it!) I guess when your ideology is consistently and thoroughly rejected across the country, you take your victories where you can find them.

The only thing is, is that the Montana Republicans “won” this election with their legislative promises: the “handshake with Montana” (pdf), which said, “We will support and provide funding to reduce college tuition,” among other things.

So…what happened to this promise? “Sideshow” Scott Sales jettisoned it even before the legislature convened, and has replaced the “handshake” with “a kick to the b*lls.”

Is that the fastest dropped campaign promise, ever?

Is the “handshake” the Montana Republican Party’s “read my lips” moment?

Over on Left in the West, Matt published an email from Rep. Mike Jopek, a Democrat out of Whitefish, who reiterated the importance of education and introduced some of the legislation that will be proposed in the upcoming session. Concrete legislation, a strong interest in Montana’s children and the future of our state, coherent and reasoned rhetoric. This is your Democratic Party. No declarations of war, no promises kicked to the curb even before legislating starts, no planned obstruction of government.

So, to those GOPers crowing about “winning” state offices, how many more Montanans would have eschewed Republicans had they known the party was planning on (a) abandoning its promised platform a week after the election, (b) obstructing state government, and (c) declaring “war” on education?

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Links…

Craig pretty much sums tonight’s game up in a short, yet beautiful, post.

Scott Sales on Rick Jore: “Take a deep breath.” Matt Singer on Scott Sales: “Go look in the mirror.”

Matt also has the full list of House committee chairs.

Is the West the new South? Western Democrat: “No!

New West’s Western headlines.

Let’s see…a Republican majority in both bodies of Congress…a Republican executive…a conservative SCOTUS…who’s at fault for the mess? The Democrats!

The House ethics committee reports on the Foley scandal and finds some members remained “willfully ignorant of the potential consequences” of Foley’s correspondence with pages.

Mitt Romney, flip flopper on gay marriage.

British press demonstrates how to ask questions of the President.

Krugman considers the pre-war Iraqi Cassandras.

Jon Stewart on the reactions to the ISG, including Tony Snow’s.

Very cool Wired article on rethinking the brain.




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