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Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Hits Home - Rehberg opponent says votes made him an "Enemy of the State"

by: Montana Cowgirl

Thu May 20, 2010 at 05:22:19 AM MST

Tuesday's election results showed what is now conventional wisdom. There is an "anti-incumbent mood" among voters. Why are people are so angry with the current crop of politicians in Washington?

In Montana, we need look no further for an answer than to the members of Rehberg's own party.  It looks like Republicans are finally catching on to Reherg's duplicity, and they are mad.

Speaking on a Tea Party community television interview, Rehberg opponent Mark French says:

"The incumbent has embraced socialized medicine programs and these types of unconstitutional bills and its killin' us.  If you are going to swear an oath of office you can't be voting for these types of things or you make yourself an enemy of the state."

The comment came after the Tea Party interviewer asked French if we could "role back the budgets to pre-Bush."

It appears that this leading tea-bagger has realized that Rehberg may have voted against the Obama spending, but he voted for every single budget that George Bush put forward. These budgets spent more money than in any eight year period in the history of Congress--creating trillions of dollars of debt. George W. Bush may have been many things, but he was not a fiscal conservative and he and Denny Rehberg spent money like drunken sailors. Rehberg is no conservative. He ran up five trillion dollars worth of deficit.

French also criticizes the Patriot Act and Rehberg's vote in favor of it.  What he doesn't mention in the show, but does appear in his campaign literature, is that Rehberg "the incumbent" voted for the greatest attempt at invasion of privacy the Federal Government has ever made, the Real ID Act, the law which allowed the Federal Government to track americans using a federal ID card that we'd all have to carry.  ┬áThe State Legislature, including every single Republican, had to step in and pass a law forbidding the state from complying with what their top officeholder, Denny Rehberg, had voted for. (HR 1268, became law 2005.)

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Wow! (0.00 / 0)
That channel is a gold mine! Did you look through the interviews with Rehberg?

not yet, did you? (0.00 / 0)
I guess I assumed that the dems or candidates would have looked through them, but I haven't seen anything yet.  I am thinking that the legislative candidate interviews may have some gold as well.  

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French... (0.00 / 0)
I only listened to the one link to the French interview, but saw a bunch of others. Some great quotes! To wit:

French: "I would rather have my daughter stand on my grave and say, 'my dad fought for freedom. And he's dead.'"

Interviewer: "That's why we have the Tea Party. We're sacrificing a lot for the greater good of the country."

I mean, don't put yourself out on our account, dude! hahaha!

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The dead dad quote is a good one. (0.00 / 0)

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I don't know. (0.00 / 0)

I'm not trying to speak for Mark T. - but I can't tell if there is an anti-incumbent trend or if it is just candidate-by-candidate.

I'll be able to tell you on June 9th - after the primary, because usually an incumbent has about a 30-point-advantage in their own primary, and in races in Montana where incumbents are being challenged from within their own party we should be able to see if there's a trend.

If we see incumbents tossed out on their ear in a number of races, or if a number of incumbents who would normally win big barely squeak by I'll call it a trend.

This post is just another Rehberg-attack by Montana Cowgirl (whoever he or she is), so there really is little credibility here, but her notion of an anti-incumbent trend is interesting.

I honestly think that Denny would have to have some kind of major scandal to be in any danger from Dennis McDonald though.

I've already called the race 61-39.

but that would be only against dennis mcdonald right? (0.00 / 0)
i mean, a monkey smoking a cigar and playing with leaking propane canisters stands a better chance than mcdonald against anyone.

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Ha Ha (0.00 / 0)

Too funny problembear - LOL !

McDonald is going to be their candidate, so I've been talking about him, and not the other also-rans.

I don't think it matters though, because the State Dems are already acting like this race is over, just like the last few Rehberg elections where they've put their money into races they think they can win.

I've caled this race 61-39, because I think that Montana's about 40% Dem, 40% GOP, and about 20% in the middle.

I don't think McDonald will even hold the solid Dems.  

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what about all the GOP primary challengers in leg races (0.00 / 0)
to me, that's a sign on anti-incumbent sentiment

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Dennis Rehberg
Marc Racicot
Champ Edmunds
Steve Daines
Harris Himes
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