Archive for May 1st, 2010

Be prepared

by Pete Talbot

Nothing about this video makes me happy. The challenger isn’t prepared. The press, for better or worse, isn’t there. The ineffective incumbent shows better organization.

We’ll see clips from this event over-and-over.

Democratic candidate for Congress, Dennis McDonald, had a decent plan to confront Republican incumbent Denny Rehberg in Billings Missoula. With a mop and pail as props, he and some staffers went to Rehberg’s office. He’d also alerted the media and others.

Rehberg’s staff was ready.

One young, bordering on obnoxious, Rehberg staffer grilled McDonald. But McDonald’s response was weak — he wasn’t ready — it turned into a circus. Everything about this video is wrong:

(Update: I almost didn’t post this clip. I know McDonald, somewhat, and personally like the guy. I like that he came out early for single-payer and seems to have a progressive streak, maybe more so than current Montana Democratic leadership.

A story today by Lee’s Charles Johnson gives some good background on McDonald. In it, a colleague of McDonald’s is quoted as saying that McDonald is “a very effective litigator … a very good trial lawyer before a jury.” Then why did he let a punk staffer from Rehberg’s office manhandle him so? I mean, Rehberg is so vulnerable on so many issues — he’s done nothing in 10 years in office except support George W. Bush’s disastrous administration — so why not attack back?  There’s always drunken boating; that would have shut the kid up.

It also got me wondering how Gopher or Gernant would have handled the same situation.

Anyway, I ended up posting it not to embarrass McDonald but because A) it’s already out there in the ‘sphere, and B) to show how NOT to respond to an ambush by Rehberg or his ilk.)


Welcome to Mark Fiore, 2010’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist. Mark’s Pulitzer is the first given out to an artist whose works do not appear in print. Here’s the blurb that accompanied his prize:

“Awarded to Mark Fiore, self syndicated, for his animated cartoons appearing on, the San Francisco Chronicle Web site, where his biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary.”

Mark’s animations remind me of style combining Bullwinkle with South Park. Many of you are probably too young to know much of Rocky and Bullwinkle (a decidedly leftist plot to infiltrate the minds of young Americans), but they were a saturday morning watching-the-cartoons-on-tv staple in the early-mid 60’s. And of course, the reruns during my early college days were a must for after work/study munchies. Here’s a bunch of Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes.

I’ll do my best to bring an occasional treat from Mark for you guys to watch, and I’ll add a link to his site in the Political Blogs column of links to the right, so you can check out his weekly posts. Enjoy, and consider this an open thread!

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