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by Pete Talbot

Montana Sen. Jon Tester’s trip to Oregon last month to help raise funds for a Senate candidate there generated one of the funnier lines I’ve seen in a newspaper. Here’s the headline and first paragraph:

Oregon Dems envy Montana

Oregon Democrats have a crush on Montana, and for good reason. Big Sky Country, where George W. Bush creamed Democratic opponents in both 2000 and 2004, has something unusual that many Oregonians envy: two Democratic senators in the U.S. Capitol.

Now here’s the line that cracked me up, forwarded to me from an alert 4&20 reader:

Now some of those same green-with-envy people are hoping some of that Big Sky donkey love will spread even farther west—to the Beaver State.

That line comes from Willamette Week reporter Beth Slovic. The story was picked up by the Missoula Independent, otherwise we in Montana wouldn’t know that Sen. Tester was in Oregon at all.

And with liberal-leaning big cities like Portland and Eugene, it’s ironic that Oregonians are looking to Montana for Democratic inspiration but there are a number of analogies that can be drawn, the reporter states:

With almost one year to go before the chosen Democratic candidate faces off against Republican U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, the similarities between Oregon’s Senate race and Montana’s in 2006 are striking. Like Burns last year in Montana, Oregon’s Republican incumbent faces decreasing job approval ratings, according to recent polls. And the other sitting senator in both states is a long-serving Democrat: Max Baucus in Montana and Ron Wyden in Oregon.

So far, there are three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination: Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley, whom Tester was stumping for; activist Steve Novick and newcomer Candy Neville.

Anyway, here’s to spreading Big Sky donkey love to the Beaver state.

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