We know that Montana Republican Party Director Bowen Greenwood is a career political operative who rose up to be an acolyte of political failure Brad Johnson, one of a very few incumbents ever to be ousted rather than termed. We know that Greenwood, the candidate, couldn’t win his own Republican primary. We know that isn’t why he was hired.
When the higher-ups decided that a number of Republican staffers were not using their jobs to discredit Democrats and protect Republicans, it had them outed and replaced by men like Greenwood who were not so committed to higher ideals. Greenwood won his spurs with the party by manufacturing political attacks on Democrats, first for Brad Johnson and then for Republican legislators during the 2009 session and now for the party.
That’s part of why his recent cries of “sabotage” after a call to ask Rehberg the tough questions at a public listening session ring so hollow.
But there is something more important we must deconstruct here and that is legend of the so-called “listening” done by Dennis Rehberg. Just like one sees when Rehberg takes a vote, Rehberg’s faux town hall meetings, tweets, Facebook garbage, and this waste of our money is just Rehberg following the national Republican Party’s guide lines. He’s all for putting on the appearance of being part of a Democracy as part of a strategy to keep his power, but taking seriously input from his constituents? No. Not that translates into any evident action.
Yes, Rehberg is the master of the superfluous and spam-ish “online outreach” that conceals lack of concern for constituents’ needs and views and lack of action for Montana in the Congress. Those who sign up as Rehberg supporters get online push polls designed more to persuade readers that Rehberg is right than give them a say in his votes. Even if he did write the questions in an unbiased manner, they only go to his supporter list anyway so…what is the point?
Rehberg has stated publicly in Tea Party interviews that he uses automated “Robo-calls” to generate turnout at the listening sessions. Anyone know someone of the progressive persuasion who has ever gotten such a call?
Unfortunately, even those that get into the meetings and are allowed to ask important and tough questions may not get an answer from Rehberg. And even if Rehberg does answer, it’s likely that what Rehberg says won’t even make it into the news reports the next day.
That’s why I think this response from the GOP is completely out of touch. This is an obvious and clumsy attempt to protect their top elected official from tough questions like this from Montanans who want their only member of Congress to hear from a variety of viewpoints and to be held accountable for his votes and actions by those who elected him.
These citizens do their fellow Montanans a favor by passing on information about events at which Rehberg might appear. Mr. Rehberg is supposed to be working for us.