And sometimes, the good guys win.

by Rebecca Schmitz

It looks like we’ve misjudged Jake Eaton. Poor baby.

The Montana Republican Party on Tuesday night announced it was abandoning its contested challenge of the legitimacy of thousands of Montana voter registrations. Eaton wrote that the party launched the challenges in “good faith,” but media reports have since suggested the challenges were an effort to suppress voter turnout.

No, Jake, it’s not the media’s fault your “good faith challenges” were misconstrued. The fault lies with you, and your heavy-handed attempt at voter suppression. You, and your party, owe everyone in Montana an apology today.

  1. Mayor of Mayhem

    Cockroaches always run when you turn the light on.

  2. goof houlihan

    So, for the benefit of those who don’t indulge themselves in name calling, what challenges wouldn’t be “voter suppression”?

    You’ve already got problembear saying nobody can challenge his/her right to vote. So, can any vote be challenged?

    Big title, title 13, with plenty in it about residence requirements and other requirements to be able to vote.

  3. I’d have no problem with a challenge filed by someone based on personal knowledge that someone is voting improperly, as opposed to say a whacked out database match that checks mailing addresses.

  4. “…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”- Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg address.

    we can all take pride in our fellow citizens in montana who believe these words. we shall rise up and defy tyrants who seek to usurp our freedoms.

  5. Kudos to 4&20 blackbirds and Left in the West and all those great Montana prog blogs who helped put the kibosh on GOP voter suppression. Have a couple cinnamon rolls to celebrate.

  6. It was people everywhere who kept this charade in the news, Michael. That means you too. Thanks!

  7. a special red bow kudo to Chelsi Moy and the staff of the missoulian for the story on voter challenge that kicked the whole thing off.
    where would we be without newspapers and good reporters working to bring us the news all across America? a lot less free, that’s what.

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