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Denny Rehberg

2012 MT-Sen as Practice for 2014 Max Baucus Retirement Party

by: Bob Brigham

Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 11:31:32 AM MST

Looking back at the weekend's Montana Democratic Party Convention, I can't help but wonder if this year's senate campaign between Jon Tester and Denny Rehberg is little more than practice for the 2014 primary against Max Baucus.

One of the top arguments against Denny Rehberg is all of his votes for the Patriot Act. If you're a Democratic Party activist and volunteer to write a letter to the editor against Rehberg, it's quite likely you'll be asked to complain about his support for the Patriot Act. The same practice Democrats will get this year whacking Rehberg for his Patriot Act support will come in handy next cycle when it's time to hold Max Baucus accountable for his support of the Patriot Act. It's the same argument, all you have to do is switch the names.

Another big topic iss the REAL ID Act. Same thing, another example of Montanans hating something Rehberg did, campaigning on it all year and getting practice to hold Max Baucus accountable for being as wrong as Rehberg.

Iraq War? Ditto.

Cosiness with big money special interests? Baucus is even worse.

PhotobucketBush Tax Cuts? Rehberg just voted for it, Baucus was so instrumental pushing it through the senate that he was rewarded with a photo-op by "getting" to stand right next to Bush when he signed it into law.

In short, this entire year is practice for the 2014 Max Baucus Retirement Party.

Now I don't know if Brian Schweitzer will primary Baucus. I doubt he knows. I do know that if he runs, he wins with a huge, double-digit margin.

Because it's not just the current race that is reminding everyone of the problem with Max Baucus chairing the Senate Finance Committee, all you have to do is read the news.

The latest Max Baucus scandal that everyone is talking about is the emails released that show how Max Baucus blocked reform to allow the reimportation of prescription drugs and prevented Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices. How is that going to stack up in a Democratic primary against the guy who made a national name for himself by taking busloads of seniors to Canada to get the exact same prescription drugs for lower prices?

And now Max Baucus says he's going to do a major overhaul of the tax code? Come on. Everyone knows this is just a transparent play to raise big corporate bucks. He's saying he's going to do major reform, but won't say how? That's like putting a for-rent sign on his senate office, it's a clear signal to everyone with a loophole that they'd better pony up to Max. With everyone familiar with his transactional approach to legislation, it will work. He's going to raise a boatload of money off this stunt.

But will it really matter? In Montana, is there really much of a difference between running a $5 million campaign and a $20 million campaign? At a certain point, there aren't just diminishing returns, but backfire as voters are reminded by his over-saturation of how Max got his money. I don't think anyone in politics doubts that if Brian Schweitzer runs against Max that the good guv will be easily able to raise enough money to run a solid campaign. No, he won't raise as much as Max, but he can raise enough. And with every left of center organization with an email list chomping at the bit to take out Max, he'll have lots of nationwide support.

I don't even think it takes a figure as beloved as our governor to beat Max. Sure, as the most popular elected official in the state, Schweitzer would start out with a big lead in the polls (he's again up by double-digits in the latest poll). But after spending all this year making the arguments against Denny Rehberg that are the same arguments against Baucus, Montana Democrats will be primed for change. Forty-years in DC is too long and it shows.

And if Montana Democrats don't replace Baucus as the nominee, it's likely we'll lose the seat. Baucus got lucky in 2002 with an opponent who dropped out of the race and again in 2008 with an opponent who never even really joined the race. But it's foolish to plan on Baucus being lucky enough to again run unopposed and with his record and negative approval rating, Democrats are toast if he's the nominee. Especially considering Max can't even relate to voters on the stump anymore, he can barely even read off a tele-prompter anymore.

We're going to have to wait until the snow starts melting next spring to see who steps up to challenge Baucus. But Montana Democrats don't have to wait to practice the campaign, we just have fight Denny Rehberg.

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Congressman Rehberg Too Scared of Tea Party to do His Job?

by: Matt Singer

Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 15:23:40 PM MST

Montana's Congressman has a John Boehner problem -- two members of his Republican majority on the subcommittee he chairs think his budget is too big, presumably because it doesn't condemn all orphans to starvation or something. This presumably explains why Dennis has repeatedly cancelled his bill's markup. He doesn't have the votes to get something passed.

In other words, Congressman Rehberg hasn't been doing his job because he didn't do his job (assembling the votes needed to pass the budget).

But here's the other likely explanation: in a Republican Congress where everyone is scared of the Tea Party, Rehberg is keeping his profile low on a fight between the establishment and the Tea Party. The last thing he needs right now is a Tea Party challenger in his primary for bucking the Paul Ryan kill-Medicare budget. But he also can't tow the Paul Ryan kill-Medicare budget line without sinking his chances in the general.

So far--this gambit has largely avoided media coverage. We'll see if that changes in the near future.

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Rehberg Votes to Close Off Access to Hunting & Fishing

by: Matt Singer

Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 17:07:39 PM MST

16 grassroots sportsmen organizations are asking Congressman Rehberg to rethink his recent vote to cut the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 80%. What sort of lands are we talking about? From the groups' press releases:
In Montana over the past 45 years, LWCF has provided approximately $408 million to help protect clean water, wildlife habitat, and working landscapes, and provide access for hunting and fishing. Thanks to LWCF investments, Montanans can enjoy the Flathead and Gallatin National Forests, Red Rocks and Charles Russell National Wildlife Refuges, Bighorn Canyon, Meeteetse Spires, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Swan Valley, the Rocky Mountain Front, as well as close-to-home recreational opportunities across the state.
Mark this as yet another in a long recent line of strange attempts by Montana's lone Congressman to play every side of conservation issues.

For example, after introducing legislation that would have just said that the ESA doesn't apply to gray wolves (a much further-reaching solution than the Tester rider, which simply held that a previous Dept of Interior solution fit within Congress's intent, contrary to a court ruling), Rehberg had the temerity to criticize Tester's much more restrained solution for not allowing access to courts (pretty reasonable given that the Tester bill clarified legislative intent, not calling any Constitutional principles into question).

Of course, for Rehberg, of all people, to be complaining about lack of access to courts is unbelievable. The jester of a Congressman has made big news for suing the city of Billings for not making his dead grass priority #1 during the 4th of July but also has introduced bills to restrict normal citizens' access to the courts over legitimate claims.

Consider this my standard, irregular rant for Left in the West and your latest reminder that Congressman Rehberg is a lousy public servant. Smart money says that tomorrow he'll be taking credit for hunting access he's denying today.

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Rehberg, Unsurprisingly, Votes for Big Oil Tax Breaks Again

by: Matt Singer

Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:58:13 AM MST

Yesterday, we asked if Congressman Rehberg really meant it when he said that subsidies to big oil were really on the table when it came to addressing the deficit. Asked and answered. Just now, Rehberg voted to maintain giant tax breaks for the world's biggest oil companies, at a time of record profits (and gas prices).

Two predictions:

  1. Montana newspapers won't have time to cover this on their news pages since reporting is underfunded.
  2. Montana opinion pages will give him space to talk about how he firmly believes everything must be on the table, despite all evidence being to the contrary.
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Will Rehberg's Record Match His Rhetoric on Oil and Gas Subsidies?

by: Matt Singer

Wed May 04, 2011 at 13:46:41 PM MST

Congressman Rehberg keeps saying that oil and gas subsidies are on the table for cuts. He said earlier when ThinkProgress picked it up. He said it again during a CityClubMissoula meeting. Here it is:

Here's some good news: tomorrow, Rehberg will have a chance to prove that he's willing to take on the oil and gas industry. Note that I said "take on" not "take the money of," which has been his record historically.
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MT-Sen: Jon Tester Should Kill The Patriot Act

by: Bob Brigham

Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 17:28:17 PM MST

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives just voted to extend The Patriot Act. Congressman Dennis Rehberg has been disgraceful on the issue. Follow that link, it's approaching malpractice that the DSCC and MDP aren't already running ads against him on it.

But instead of just pointing out how awful Rehberg is on yet another issue, Senator Jon Tester should widen the contrast by leading the fight against renewal of The Patriot Act.

He shouldn't vote against it, or try to make it less bad, he should man up and kill the "emergency powers" granted to the president almost a decade ago. He's a senator, he can shut the place down and bring all legislation to a standstill until Patriot Act supporters call uncle and give up their attacks on Americans' civil liberties. He shouldn't settle for Leahy's still awful bill, he should end The Patriot Act once and for all.

Tester would earn a great deal of respect for defending our civil liberties. And every day of the battle would highlight Rehberg's fascist tendency to cave to GOP leadership's attacks on our rights.

Come on Senator Tester, fight to win on this. And realize, the only way to win is to kill it outright.

Update:  Both Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus joined 7 other Democrats, Independent Bernie Sanders and 2 Republicans in voting against the extension.  ~ Rob Kailey

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Arizona Republic: Montana pols could imperil wolves

by: Matthew Koehler

Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 12:01:54 PM MST

Today the very mainstream Arizona Republic editorial board took Senator Tester and Congressman Rehberg to task for "trying to look more appealing to anti-wolf factions" in Montana.  The entire editorial is below.  It's well worth a read to see how other parts of the country view Montana politics, and also to see how either Rehberg's Idaho and Montana Wolf Management Act of 2011 or Tester and Baucus'  Delisting Gray Wolves to Restore State Management Act of 2011 would negatively impact endangered species recovery in other parts of the country, and for far more than just wolves.

In response to the introduction of Rehberg's bill, Defenders of Wildlife - a very respected, mainstream voice for wildlife and habitat conservation - issued this press release "Rehberg sets the stage for nationwide wolf eradication".

Meanwhile, when the Tester/Baucus bill was introduced last fall, Defenders had this to say, "Senate bill would short-circuit Endangered Species Act protection for wolves: New legislation could set back wolf recovery, undermine federal protections for wildlife."

Montana pols could imperil wolves
Arizona Republic - Editorial, Feb. 14, 2011

Montana's 2012 Senate race could doom wolves in Arizona. It's politics. And it stinks.

The long-fought effort to restore endangered Mexican gray wolves to the wilds of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico is threatened by posturing between two politicians. Montana's Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, who intends to run for Senate, are each trying to look more appealing to anti-wolf factions in that state. Wolves are pawns.

Let's be clear: The situation for the Mexican gray wolves is very different from that of wolves in the northern Rockies. Wolves in the northern Rockies are in far better shape than the 50 Mexican gray wolves who stand between the species' survival and its elimination in the wilds of the Southwest. These wolves need more protection, not less.

Wolves in the northern Rockies are much more plentiful, yet efforts to remove them from the endangered-species list were overturned by court decision last August. Since then, Tester has been trying to satisfy the concerns of those who are not happy about the increasing numbers of wolves in Montana and its neighboring states.

Legitimate concerns about wolves need to be addressed. But Tester's efforts late last year included a move to simply exclude those wolves from the Endangered Species Act - not through a bill that could have been debated, but as part of a larger omnibus bill.

Rehberg is upping the ante. As a newly announced candidate for Tester's Senate seat, Rehberg says the federal government should have no say in state wildlife issues. This is nonsense.

The Endangered Species Act is a recognition of the value of species diversity as part of every American's national heritage. States don't trump that national interest. Yet Rehberg wants Congress to exclude all wolves - including those in Arizona and New Mexico - from protection under the Endangered Species Act. Environmental groups say this effort could also be tacked onto a larger bill without debate.

Both these efforts circumvent the role of Congress as a place to openly debate matters that affect the nation. They also run around a careful process for species delisting that is built into the existing law of the land.

This approach could create a precedent of excluding animals based on politics instead of biology. It would neuter the Endangered Species Act, which is recognized as one of the world's premier environmental laws. Rehberg's scheme would doom the Mexican gray wolves.

Democrats - including the Obama administration - have been allowing Tester to build his states' rights bona fides as he seeks re-election. The president and Democrats in Congress should show some spine and serve a higher interest than Tester's political future.

The American people benefit from a healthy Endangered Species Act and a healthy population of wolves - including Mexican gray wolves.

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Report: Rehberg to challenge Tester

by: Matthew Koehler

Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 08:14:26 AM MST

This blog post from the Missoula Indy's Skylar Browning has all the details.  Apparently, Rehberg will make the announcement this Saturday at the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner in Helena. 

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What Rehberg is Promising

by: Matt Singer

Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 21:43:04 PM MST

Recently, Montana's lone Congressman pledged to start a spending showdown:
"I'm going to fulfill my promise to the people of Montana, that to the best of my ability I will defund Obamacare if we're not able to repeal it," Rehberg said in a telephone news conference.
Sam Stein is now looking at what would happen in that situation:
Democratic lawmakers tell The Huffington Post that they increasingly expect Republicans to try and freeze funding for the health care law. Such an attempt would face the same institutional hurdles as a straight repeal vote: a non-compliant Senate and a president wielding a veto pen. But whereas the repeal bill's death would mean -- in practical political terms -- absolutely nothing, the inability to pass an appropriations bill could have far-reaching effects.

"They are potentially setting up a situation where they will bring government, all of government, to a screeching halt," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Wednesday. "Not because of the debt ceiling. This is beyond the debt ceiling ... If they think they are going to have the end game of their appropriations bills be that they drive health care reform into an early grave ... they are literally setting up a full stop for almost everything we will possibly do this year."

"I am real concerned," Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas) said. "We do operate on yearly budgets that could exact great harm if they are dedicated to that proposition. You still have to work with the Senate. So what happens when you reach that kind of impasse? We have this gridlock ... There is no doubt in my mind that the Republican leadership ... has already charted a course. They are very disciplined and very good at what they do."

Americans for Limited Government interviews and promotes Denny Rehberg and his efforts to set up this showdown.

Look, I'd feel better about this if Rep. Rehberg ever indicated he had any idea what was in the health care bill. Pogie catches him making up more shit today abut the law. This stuff is just infuriating.

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CREDO Calls Out Denny Rehberg: Support Health Care Reform or Refuse Your Own Coverage

by: Matt Singer

Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 11:33:26 AM MST

Montana's junior Congressman has been positioning himself as the number one opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Using his new role as an Approps subcommittee chair to obstruct progress. His approach is so lame that the Helena Independent Record basically editorialized that he has no substance.

That explains why CREDO has Rehberg on their list of Hypocrites in the House. Montana's millionaire US House member has no problem taking taxpayer-funded health coverage for himself (and using it to fix himself up following his alcohol-fueled accidents) but would deny health insurance reforms that are a meaningful first step toward affordable coverage for millions -- and the bending of the cost curve downwards.

It takes a special kind of hubris to take taxpayer-funded health insurance while denying help to anyone else. But Congressman Rehberg has never lacked for hubris. Take a moment to send him a fax courtesy of CREDO.

Update -- A bunch of other groups are jumping on-board a similar effort nationally. Huffington Post has details:

A coalition of Democratic groups and progressive bloggers launched a new campaign on Thursday focusing attention on Republican members of Congress who voted to repeal health care reform while getting their own coverage on the taxpayer's dime.
Daily Kos and Blue America are raising money to do local radio buys to spread the word on this.
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Rehberg skipped 3 votes to tend to political fire in Billings

by: Hi Ho Moustachio

Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 23:11:57 PM MST

( - promoted by Jay Stevens)

Here's a fact that Dennis Rehberg probably hopes you won't notice: He skipped three votes in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening, July 13.

Why?  Apparently he thought defending his lawsuit against firefighters in Billings was more important that day.

See the roll calls for yourself (scroll to the bottom to see the list of representatives "not voting"):
*Vote 434
*Vote 435
*Vote 436  

Whatever these votes were about doesn't really matter.  As Montana's only representative in the House, we pay him to vote when there are votes to make.

The bottom line: On Tuesday, Dennis Rehberg put his own political problem over the job he is paid by taxpayers to do.

That's worth remembering, isn't it?

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Montana Dems Go Up on the Tubez!

by: Matt Singer

Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 14:55:39 PM MST

Don Pogreba isn't the only one taking shots at Congressman Rehberg's lawsuit. The Montana Democratic Party has a Google Ad buy (noticed this the old fashioned way -- saw a Google ad, clicked it, charged the Dems probably a nickel or so) leading to this page.

The landing page calls the lawsuit "Rehberg's Personal Bailout."

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A Copy of the Lawsuit

by: Matt Singer

Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:11:45 AM MST

Does anyone have a copy of this lawsuit that they can share?

mattsinger.mt at gmail

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Dennis Rehberg (R-Albatross)

by: Montana Cowgirl

Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 21:22:13 PM MST

Is Rehberg just not willing to put his money where his mouth is on his opposition to health care reform or are other health care opponents fearful that a Rehberg signature could sink their repeal proposal?

After watching the latest McDonald/Rehberg debate on television Sunday, I was surprised to read this story in today's Helena IR with the headline "Economy, immigration at heart of House race." This is simply wrong.  For example, it is impossible to argue that health care reform isn't a major current issue, yet the AP story didn't report on the discussion of health care reform at the "debate."  I wish there were some online source I could link to...but since there isn't, those of you who watched will also remember that Rehberg also faced strong accusations from both of his opponents that he'd allowed "partisan bickering" to hold up progress in Congress.

At the accusation, Rehberg feigned a shocked face and tried to claim that he'd be happy to work with anyone who offered.  Desparate to come up with an example, he was only able to think of his work with another of D.C's biggest duds, Bart Stupak, on the so-called "Northern Border Caucus." Stupak, who claims to be a Democrat, is so unpopular that more people are clamoring to take credit for his resignation than to admit they are collaborating with him on something, so it's not exactly something to brag about.

So why is it so hard for Rehberg to get others to work with him?

Perhaps Rehberg's record of failing to pass meaningful legislation prevents others from wanting to join him on a big project they actually hope will pass. Could be that his lack of legislative prowess makes his signature an albatross of sorts to a proposal. Only if by "prowess" you mean the ability to pop the top off a Bud Light Lime with one's teeth is Rehberg going to be your go-to guy.

Actions speak louder than words, and while Dennis Rehberg has shown that he'll say anything to try and score political points, he'll ultimately only do what's best for his campaign coffers, not what's best for passing legislation.  For example, when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is on his opposition to health care reform, Rehberg has once again done nothing.

Nothing of substance that is.  Rehberg has had no problem kicking the old "work ethic" into gear when it comes to  speaking to the media and collecting campaign checks from those who want reform repealed:

Rehberg said Montana Republican legislators are right to be pushing the state's attorney general, Steve Bullock, to join 18 other states in challenging federal health care legislation. Last week, more than 70 Republicans signed a letter to Bullock, claiming to represent a majority of Montanans on the issue.

At the same time, Rehberg has refused to actually do anything about it himself by signing on to the repeal bill. 

Unless of course, those wanting repeal to succeed have refused to accept his signature.  

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What you won't find in the paper about the Montana GOP Convention

by: Montana Cowgirl

Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 21:38:43 PM MST

...can be found in an email sent out by the Madison County GOP Chair Dan Happel this week. Since Happel encourages recipients to share and comment, I'll paste his entire email in the extended text for your commenting pleasure. To paraphrase, it appears that a "very conservative" Republican platform has gone even further to the right, and by further he means they've gone...birther.

I have no idea why this item of extreme interest was excluded from coverage by those reporting the convention  According to Happel, the Montana Republican party passed a resolution

 "for the requirement of complete documentation of candidate eligibility before candidates for President, Vice President, US Senators or Representatives can even be placed on the ballot."

Like the birther bill introduced (and going nowhere) in Congress, the Montana Republicans voted their support for requiring candidates to submit a birth certificate: a wink and a nod action that some Republicans are going to have to try to  maintain is somehow not related to the birthers' claims.  Hmmm...Republican candidates want to win the votes of the birthers, but still want to pretend not to actually be that stupid one of them.

This could get tricky.  What if a Montana reporter asks the candidate if she or he agrees with this new tenant of the Montana GOP core platform?  I mean look what happened when MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked one of the birther bill's sponsors on the show if he believed Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen, Rep. Campbell (R-CA) hedged, saying, "As far as I know, yes, OK?" He told Matthews, "it doesn`t matter whether I have doubts or not."  Birther association also became an embarrassment for the Ohio GOP, and all they did wrong was have a speaker tell a birther joke at their convention--Montana Republicans added birtherism to the list of their fundamental beliefs.

I guess I am not at all shocked to find that the Republican Party is packed with birthers that still, still, have not figured out that our own president released his birth certificate like two years ago.   But I am kind of surprised that the Republican party leadership were unable to quash this ridiculous addition to the platform that could be a real embarrassment for its candidates.   It could also be evidence of growing internal division in their ranks and/or a general state of chaos.

It will be interesting to hear Rehberg publicly respond to questions about this from the media or in the final debate in Whitefish this weekend.

Read Happels entire missive in the extended text. There are lots of other gems in this that weren't in the paper...  

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Trout must hire lobbyist

by: Montana Cowgirl

Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:13:52 AM MST

Reminiscent of when Denny Rehberg famously told an eastern Montana county to go hire a lobbyist if it wanted to get federal money to pave a local road (even suggesting the name of a lobbyist that they ought to hire), last week Max Baucus could be seen in the newspaper saying something similar.

For the first time in 35 years, there is agreement between Montana and Canada to permanently forbid mining and exploration in a beautiful and wild area next to Glacier and Waterton Parks. All that is needed is 17 million dollars from Congress to seal the deal. Yet last week Baucus stated publicly, and incredibly,  that the request for the appropriation "came in the wrong form".  This claim merits serious examination.  As far as I can tell, there is no such thing as a "form" for requesting federal money. When a state needs something from the federal government, the Congressman/Senator is supposed to bring it home.  Plus, Baucus could be heard saying recently that he has been working very hard on this environmental issue for 35 years.

It is a very peculiar state of affairs that no doubt traces to the ego-bumping between Schweitzer and Baucus. Some activists on this issue hope perhaps Tester can do better. Nobody expects Rehberg to do anything, of course.  The best part is that Max Baucus's staff continues to send out press releases describing Max as "America's most powerful senator."

The fish in the North Fork of the Flathead, which will be killed off by coal sludge if this deal falls apart, clearly do not understand that they need either a high-powered corporate fish lobbyist, or must write fish checks to the Baucus campaign, in order to see that their home is protected.  

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You can't be the party of tomorrow with nothing but yesterday's ideas

by: Montana Cowgirl

Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 18:22:59 PM MST

Embattled GOP Chair Michael Steele chastised Montana Republicans for their lack of young people this week, when he appeared as the keynote speaker for the GOP platform convention in Billings. Apparently, as a (the only?) GOP staffer related on the MT GOP Facebook page, the party had first tried to get Michele Bachmann, but couldn't make it happen.

In addition to the usual political speech drivel, Steele told Montana Republicans that they needed to involve more young people.

"the next time you have this dinner, you need more of them in here. You need to go out, encourage, recruit and involve them. We are absolutely the party of tomorrow".

The party of tomorrow?  

This is a party who prides itself in shunning modern science not only terms of creationism or "intelligent design" as they are trying to rebrand it now, but also a "disbelief" in climate change, and opposition to embryonic stem cell research. Not only do they cling to the ideologies of the past, but as the world changes they have no new ideas to meet new challenges.

Rehberg, the party's only top official, introduced no ideas in his speech, nor, one could argue, in his entire term in Congress.  No solution of his own for health care, and no proposals of his own to stimulate the economy--except the ideas of the 1970s and 1980s.  News Flash Montana Republicans: It's not the same world anymore.

Steele further chastised Republicans for their losing record in Montana races:

"You got two Democrat (U.S.) senators. Now, how the heck does that happen?" he said. "You gotta change that. You got a Democrat governor in Montana."

I'll tell you how it happens-and why few young people are remotely interested in Republicans.  The Republican party is outdated and out of touch with the current world. Political ideologies do not exist in a vacuum. They need to meet the problems of the world as it exists. Democrats in Montana understand this, which may be why-despite our so-called red state status-they have been increasingly successful in Montana.

Say what you like about the Democrats we elected,  at least they understand that a new world requires new thinking.  As the world continues to evolve at an accelerating pace, conservatives, who instinctively hunker down and cling to the past, will find themselves increasingly outside of the mainstream.

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Congratulations Dennis McDonald!

by: Montana Cowgirl

Tue Jun 08, 2010 at 22:03:21 PM MST

You did it!  The voters of Montana will be proud to support you in the general. Job well done to you and your staff!

Kudos also to the hard work put in by Gernant and Gopher.  

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Analyis of Rehberg's False Statements on the Deficit This Week

by: Montana Cowgirl

Sun May 23, 2010 at 21:43:06 PM MST

Most of Dennis Rehberg's answers to the Clark Fork Chronicle questionnaire to all Republican congressional candidates could be called at best "creative" if he hadn't used them so often.  

For example, his third most ridiculous claim in the questionnaire was:

I am a fifth-Generation Montana rancher from Billings.

When in reality, we know that Rehberg is a wealthy trust-funder who inherited millions then turned the family ranch into a subdivision.  In fact, Rehberg is so used to the finer things in life that he tried several times to stick us with the $54 million dollar bill for elite luxury gulf-stream jets to fly lawmakers around. The ultimate luxury perk, these jets are powered Rolls-Royce engines and feature divans that transform into double beds, telephones, pop-up 26 inch LCD monitors, fax machines, DVD players, multiple oversized restrooms and a full service galley.

His second most ridiculous claim was this:

Yet, in just one year of controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, national Democrats have quadrupled the national deficit as a share of the economy.


During rehberg's first term in office, the deficit as a share of the economy quadrupled, during his second term it more than doubled again.  In fact, under Dennis Rehberg's watch (not even including the last year he mentions above) the national deficit has increased by 1000% (ten times) as a share of the economy. You can see it for yourself here.  

Oh, and under Obama's first year in office, the deficit has nowhere near quadrupled.

I'll present his most ridiculous claim in a future post.  

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Dennis Rehberg's Plan for the Economy: Ship Montana Jobs Overseas

by: Montana Cowgirl

Wed May 19, 2010 at 22:17:04 PM MST

Unfair free trade agreements have already had a devastating affect on Montana families.  According to a new 2010 report by the Economic Policy Institute, Montana has already lost 3,600 jobs due to unfair trade agreements with China--all during Rehberg's time in office.

Rehberg can talk all he wants about "jobs" but the fact remains that he supports trade arrangements that will ship the jobs of hardworking Montana families overseas.  We deserve a Representative who will work to create jobs right here at home and stand up for the middle class, not someone like Rehberg who wants to ship our jobs overseas.

Dennis Rehberg claims he bases his votes on what he hears in his so-called "listening sessions," he says:

"I think there's a direct correlation between how a representative votes and how much time they've spent listening to the people they represent. After hearing what Montanans had to say about these important issues, I can't imagine voting differently than I have."


Just where, exactly, is he hearing the support for expanding unfair free trade agreements that ship Montana jobs overseas? 

If what Rehberg says above is true, Rehberg's spent more time listening to (and representing) the multi-national corporation lobbyists who line his pockets than ordinary Montanans.

"Free trade is a critical part of American business," [Rehberg Press release 11.8.07]

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Purely Hypothetical, of course, but - The best candidate for the Republicans for US Senate is:
Corey Stapleton
Dennis Rehberg
Marc Racicot
Champ Edmunds
Steve Daines
Harris Himes
Kreyton Kerns


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