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by Rebecca Schmitz 

Bob Keenan is back in Washington today, getting advice from one of the most corrupt members of the Senate, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell.

Keenan has plans to meet with Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and John Ensign, R-Nev., about a challenge to Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana next year. McConnell is the Senate Republican leader and Ensign is in charge of GOP campaign efforts. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.

I’m sure Bob can pick up a lot of handy campaign and donation tips from McConnell.

Senator McConnell’s ethics issues stem from earmarks he has inserted into legislation for clients of his former chief of staff, lobbyist Gordon Hunter Bates, in exchange for campaign contributions…

A .pdf file containing all of McConnell’s ethics violations is available on the above link. Before you settle in with a cup of coffee to read all 188 pages of the report, you might take the time to ponder this: most politicians have the courtesy to at least wait a few months before they start flirting with ethical problems. Why is Bob Keenan embracing corruption before the campaign even starts?

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers!:

But let me suggest something here. Run adams’ piece [on Walter Schweitzer] by Ochenski and see what he says about it. If George says it’s a good story, I’ll accept it.

Ochenski:

If anything is evident from Adams’ story, the blog comments, and the e-mails flying around the capital that the public will never see, it is the need for, at a minimum, full disclosure and clarification of Walter’s role. Without that, the climate of fear that permeates the issue will continue—and Montanans deserve better than to be afraid of their own government.

Now you know where I stand on Adams’ accusations. I don’t have a problem with Walter Schweitzer, I don’t have a problem with a strong arm in the Governor’s office, and I think that maybe the problem here is Montana’s nepotism law that forces Walter to stay off the official record.

I also think — judging by the comments on my and Ed Kemmick’s blog — that most people had no problem with Walter Schweitzer participating in policy or “bullying”; but that they did have a problem with accountability and oversight, as did Ochenski. I’d have to agree.

As for why Montana’s other papers didn’t run with this story — other than an apparent policy to never touch anything the Independent or a blog touches first (kind of like Ms. Marvelous and food) — there’s really not much substance to the article other than a couple of complaints from disgruntled party members and activists and an possible opposition candidate. There are a lot of questions, yes.

Ultimately Adams’ story and the outpouring here and at Ed’s is a gift, an opportunity for the Governor to do a little self-correcting. Keep Walter, just make him transparent. As Keenan demonstrated, the GOP is ready to play ball with this issue in the 2008 elections. Let’s not give ’em anything they can sink their claws into.

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Bob Keenan now:

The Tester you see on TV is all conservative talk…

But he votes with the liberal left because he is one of them. Tester has a record of raising your taxes.

He even co-sponsored a bill to increase income taxes on people making as little as $24,000 per year.

Make no mistake, we can’t afford the real Jon Tester.

Conrad Burns is the best choice for Montana in the U.S. Senate.

Bob Keenan then:

In his brief talk, Keenan also expressed concern over out-of-control federal government spending. He didn’t have to remind the crowd that this has occurred under a Republican president and GOP-controlled Congress.

“I’m concerned we’re selling our country out with long debt,” Keenan said.

Well, which is it, Bob? Do you want fiscal responsibility ($500 million surplus), or irresponsible spending ($300 billion deficit)?

Honestly, this bald partisanship is annoying. Keenan talks about fiscal responsibility and financial restraint, but is urging you to vote for the drunken sailor. You know how I feel about the GOP’s mindless “cut taxes” rant – it’s unrealistic given the current circumstances and their cuts invariably favor the wealthy.

Again, David Crisp:

What I’m waiting for is some genuine conservative to explain to me how it is fiscally responsible for a senator to support, say, a war that costs a billion or so bucks a day and then not only refuse to levy the taxes to pay for it but actually support tax cuts that dig the hole even deeper. Any takers?

Commenter TMM appeared in this thread and said, “we do have news that shows the federal government is taking in more cash than ever before. This, we can be sure, is not due to higher taxes.”

Of course we cannot be sure this is due to lower taxes. One of our nation’s most recent economic booms took place shortly after the tax increases instituted by George H. Bush and Bill Clinton. Revenue may be increasing, because the economy is “rebounding”…on the back of rising health care costs? If the theory about health care inefficiencies sparking our economic growth is true, then tax cuts have nothing to do with the economy’s growth. But one thing’s for sure, no one knows anything about the economy, that’s painfully obvious after talking to an economist for two minutes. What’s certain is if you spend more than you make, you lose money.

Apparently Republicans don’t get this. Or if they do, like Bob Keenan apparently did way back in April, they conveniently forget their beliefs if a fellow GOPer’s feeding trough is endangered.

If you are concerned by fiscal irresponsibility Mr. Keenan, why are you urging us to vote for the drunken sailor?

There’s an interesting interview in The Hill with Bob Keenan, who claims he’s running against Boss Hogg Burns because he’s “his friend.”

“It was as much a service to the Republican Party and to Conrad, that he not just slide through a primary and have the kind of polling numbers that he has,” Keenan said. “It’s hugely important to me that Republicans maintain this U.S. Senate seat, and so that’s what I did — I put my name on the ballot.”

Some friend.

While it is true Keenan has studiously avoided talking about anything related to Jack Abramoff – which would be Keenan’s only real hope at making a dent in this race – and it is true the primary gives Burns a chance to spit out his talking points, Keenan did hire a pollster to tell us all that Burns is unelectable.

I shouldn’t be too hard on Bob Keenan. Let’s recall the self-described moment he decided to enter the race:

The tipping point for him on the U.S. Senate race came March 13 as he listened to a regular Monday morning weekly conference call with top Montana Republicans. It included state Republican Chairman Karl Ohs, campaign managers for Burns and Rep. Denny Rehberg, legislative leaders and others…Keenan described it as a business-as-usual meeting, discussing bus tours and other campaign matters. Then he finally spoke out, referring to Burns' electability problems because of the Abramoff scandal.

"I just feel that we are out of touch," Keenan says, recounting what he said, "When are we going to talk about the elephant in the living room? The perception of the people I talk to around the state is we have an electability problem."

Maybe Keenan is a real friend of the Republican Party and Conrad Burns. The kind of friend that spearheads the intervention for the alcoholic or drug abuser. The kind of friend that gets his friend the help he needs.

Let’s face it. Burns doesn’t represent conservative “values.” He’s not fiscally responsible. He doesn’t favor small, non-intrusive government. He’s a pork merchant. He’s made a very fair contribution to the federal government’s wayward spending by adding unneeded appropriations as earmarks onto legislation. He’s blindly supported the President’s illegal spying activities, helping expand the power and presence of the federal government in our daily lives. And he’s raised taxes.

So maybe Keenan’s intervention is truly “friendly.” Any true conservative would be up and arms against Burns, too.

Or maybe Keenan's just throwing his "friend" under a bus and getting name recognition for his 2008 gubernatorial bid.

As Matt Singer pointed out, Jon Tester has surged ahead of Conrad Burns in a recent poll, either 48-46% or 48-42%. Either way, that’s excellent news. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I believe – in light of the Morrison ethics scandal – Tester is the more electable Democrat candidate.

If that weren’t news enough, the poll – paid for by Bob Keenan – had more interesting tidbits for digesting. Guess what it concluded? Burns’ ain’t electable. Period

"By any measure, Conrad Burns is in deep trouble in his efforts to win re-election," said Whit Ayres, president of the Alexandria, Va., polling company Ayres McHenry & Associates Inc., said in a memo Monday.

Only 29 percent of Montana voters believe Burns deserves to be re-elected, with 60 percent thinking it's time to give someone else a chance and 11 percent undecided, the poll found. Thirty-two percent of Republicans and 66 percent of independents favored giving someone else a shot at the job.

More numbers: In an informed ballot matchup, Morrson beats out Burns, 50-37%, whereas Keenan beats Morrison, 45-43%. No Tester – Keenan poll was done.

Yes, the best thing that could happen to Montana is a Conrad Burns victory in the Republican primary. And that pretty much seems a lock with Burns leading in polls 62-15%. You think Keenan bridges a 50-point gap by June 6?

Me neither.

Thank you, Conrad Burns.




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