Archive for February 7th, 2010

by JC

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, the BBQ beans are crock-potting, and I’m off for a pregame dog walk.

Consider this an open thread.

by jhwygirl

In case you were wondering where the Koopman Crazy Train and his looney litmus test all began, check out Chuck Johnson’s column on Professor Rob Natelson.


What I find most interesting about all this litmus test stuff is that Montana GOP Chair Will Deschamps seems willing to sit back and throw regular old Republicans to the Koopman purity wolves. Republicans like Senator Dave Lewis (R-Helena), along with Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, and Rep. Jesse O’Hara, R-Great Falls:

“The party doesn’t anoint anyone. The anointing is done by the candidate and the voters,” Deschamps said.

He said primaries can “sharpen” candidates, and help them raise money. Still, he admitted that primary fights can get ugly.

“I suspect that when it comes to incumbents, it might get a little messier, but that’s our election process.”

Lewis – who has 10 years experience in the legislature and is recognized by those on both sides of the aisle as one of the few who has a damned through understanding budgetary issues (even though there may be some philosophical disagreement) – had this to say:

Look, I work very hard to try to represent six counties, and Roger can take his shot,” Lewis said. “I don’t believe in tax increases. I balance the budget by cutting spending. I’m pro-life, but I couldn’t answer the questionnaire, so I tossed it. If Roger wants to get someone to run against me, go for it, and we’ll have a primary. I’ve got a 10-year voting record in the Legislature. If he has any questions, he can take a look.

You’d think Deschamps might have some misgivings about publicly supporting the whole hot mess, considering that Montana has Democrats in both Senate seats along with the entire executive branch of state government, but hey – go ahead. I’ll pop the corn.

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