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. The 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.)