I don't blog about work. There are times, though, that I wish I did, simply so that others might know some of the reasons that I'm getting very short tempered, here of late. Of course, other reasons have nothing to do with work and are simply fair game.
Let's take this for an example. John Morrison decides that speaking for himself in Missoula is beneath his campaign stategery.
"Mommy, Wulfgar's being unfair to John Morrison again!"
Oh, really? I don't think so in the least. Take a good look at the strategy so far. Boot Burns! (Not updated since March, by the way.) Show up in Bozeman and say little enough that the GOP laughs and the stalwart Democrats have nothing to hang on him, good or bad. Pretend that the press defines the truth. Refuse almost every single opportunity to engage the people who's votes he will count on in November. Raise money and hope that people notice the huge ... war chest. And worst of all, rely on the Democrats to be afraid to talk about what we don't like about John Morrison. I think that there's a terminology in deeply academic political science for such a candidate. That term is ...
And now, the GOoP attacks again, with the claim that Democrats won't take a stand, or that they take the wrong one. Jon Tester has answered that charge before it was ever made, and so the GOoPers have to make up lies about him. Morrison's response? *Whimper*. An opportunity presents for Morrison to come out swinging (on someone else's dime, no less) and he politely declines and stays hidden ... exactly what the GOP accuses him of. I swear to GOD, at times think this guy is running as a Republican plant.
Truthfully, I've been part of the problem. I've been trying to be "open-minded" and "polite" and concerned for the needs of the Democratic party in Montana. Consider that the past. I'm done being the nice guy about this. When the opposition wants a candidate to win the primary as much as the friendlies do, you have to take a step back and wonder why. There aren't many possibilities. 1) The Republicans are insane! Morrison polls better against Burns than Tester does. They must be nuts to want Morrison ... except that the polls are early, and they know that Burns has yet to unleash the attack ads bought with 6 million out of state bucks. 2) They think that Morrison is more defeatable based on the attacks they already level than Tester is. Hmmm (sarcasm), Ya think? They are already lying their asses off about Tester, and the lies ain't sticking. Of course they want Morrison. Against him, they have some truth.
Since political blogs are required by the Weblog Administrative Council Of Weblog Administration, which requires that political blogs make wild predictions, I am required to make a few here. Keep in mind that in Montana, you can only choose one party ticket for the primary election. Since you don't have to register a political affiliation, there is no stricture against choosing the opposition party's ballot. Just sayin'. So:
1) "Republican" primary turnout will be surprising less than expected.
2) "Democratic" primary turnout will be surprisingly more than expected.
3) John Morrison will win by a surprising large margin, partly due to the higher than expected Richards vote, and partly due to an inordinate number of votes cast for Morrison. Hmmm.
4) Conrad Burns will win his primary, but by a much smaller margin than originally expected. It will be blamed on the Abramoff scandal, but see number 1 above. Hmmm.
5) Burns will blow Morrison right out of the water in the general election, and all the blubbering, tear-streaked Democrats will be able to muster as a response is that "John was so electable ... he was pretty. We liked him. And Burns was, like , like, so corrupt. What went wrong? We don't understand why the public didn't like our guy, you know, the one they never saw. How could they dislike such a shadow of a man? Did I mention that he's pretty?"
Jee-sus-Kee-Rist. This is Montana, people. We don't want pussies elected to higher office. You can like our governor or not, but you can't call him a wimp with any credibility. That's why he got elected. Agree or not, he stood for sumpthin'. Take a good long look at Montana's elected officials and that's what you see; bold people who stand for sumpthin'. Liberal, Conservative ... it doesn't fricking matter. What we want as a state are people of vision, and the majority of us will vote for them every time over someone who comes of as safe as milquetoast. Morrison is milk toast.
To the Republicans, if you wish to be served, go ahead and vote for I-never-met-a-lobbyist-Ididn't-like Burns. You are betraying your state. Enjoy. If you actually wish service in the name of our lifestyle and our culture, consider Jon Tester as your man.
To the Democrats, quit wimping out and supporting the guy who *looks* like a candidate. Remember what the hell we stand for, and where we live. Morrison won't "save you" from Burns. He can't even stand up to his opponents before the primary. How in the hell do you expect him to stand up to the Senators who challenge him on the big stage? And, for the love of God and your state, consider this: maybe those of us "blawgs who all seem to favor Tester (waah)" do so because he's the better candidate. Ya' think?