I’m just wondering, where, exactly, the Montana Republican Party thinks that the line should be drawn.
In sync with a national election year trend, ala Rand “Secret Society” Paul and Sharron “Armed Insurrection” Angle, the deeply unusual pool of Republican candidates now include a guy who offends veterans by sporting the confederate flag in a Memorial Day parade, and a woman who thinks teaching kids about nutrition and health is tyranny.
And then there is this guy.
Meet James Knox, a Koopman-endorsed kkkandidate running for the legislature in a Democratic-leaning district in the Billings heights. His only “experience” includes a failed run for the Billings City Council.
Local GOP pundits are not out of line worrying about the “eccentricity” level of the current slate of Republican candidates, though GOP staffers and their hangers-on feign support when the audience doesn’t contain undecided or persuadable voters, preferring, it appears, to try put a happy face on it all (without actually putting the oddballs forward as party leaders.)
Out in front or behind the scenes, these extremists are extremely unelectable.
There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that any strategic decisions were made at a party level on getting a slate of candidates into the legislature (rather than just using the primaries to co-opt Tea Bagger support. ) Pandering to the Tea Party wing has been more important than smart policy outcomes, and isn’t passing smart policy the whole point of electing legislators of either party?
James Knox is running in a tight race against Pam Ellis. Got five bucks? Send her some money.