Stapleton starts measuring the drapes

Isn’t it just a little too early for this?

With typical GOP presumptive hubris, Corey Stapleton has already started trying to gain control over the Montana University System by sending them crazy letters, one of which is apparently already making the rounds, and was forwarded to me by a tipster the other day.

Stapleton starts the letter by acknowledging he has no right to be doing this, then proceeds by plowing awkwardly over this acknowledgement.
I don’t know whether I’ll be successful or not, in my race for Governor.
Obviously your organization wouldn’t go out of your way to accommodate my thoughts or higher education initiatives this early in the electoral process.  But I did want you to know, and prepare as necessary, that should I win the nomination MUS will be front and center in my policy initiatives.
I will need to know what you’re trying to accomplish, in depth, and look forward to a high-trust partnership with MUS and the Regents on issues from a successful campaign.
After the presumption comes the weird, in the form of this cringe-inducing concluding paragraph, complete with a little smiley face icon.  Yikes.
In the coming months, I will provide the leadership on these issues (and others) so that you now my sincerity.   It is not my style to intimidate or embarrass, and in return I hope you will recognize that shared risks are about, yet we serve in our societal positions to steward these very types of magnificent issues.  Let’s do something great!

If I lose, you can disregard this letter (imagine smiley face icon here or view the original letter)

Perhaps the first interaction Stapleton should have with higher education folks should come in the form of a remedial writing class…

Posted: August 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm

11 thoughts on “Stapleton starts measuring the drapes

  1. Wulfgar

    Would I be going out on a limb to say that he was responding to Tyler Trevor, the Communications guy for the Commissioner of Higher Education? If so, why isn’t he communicating with Dr. Sheila Sterns directly? That kinda makes this doubly creepy. He does understand that the Governor doesn’t appoint the Commissioner of Higher Ed, right? That’s the job of the Regents. The Governor gets to appoint the Regents, with Senate confirmation, but the caterwauling about his “style” not being to “intimidate or embarrass” is grossly misplaced. The Regents serve 7 year terms, the Governor only 4, if he or she gets elected. Historically speaking, Governors that have butted heads with the Regents haven’t really liked the results. For a candidate to challenge them directly and politically before he’s even elected? Corey might want to spare a wee thought for that.

    1. Cowgirl Post author

      Excellent points. Corey is more than weird, he’s incapable of figuring out how not to bungle a major part of his job.

  2. Binky Griptight

    Putting it all together (doesn’t want to consolidate or reduce any campuses, doesn’t want smaller campuses to lose any students, doesn’t like distance education and wants to open a big, fat, fancy medical school) … this guy would cost the state billions. His investments in clean coal had better start paying off sometime soon, preferably this decade.

    1. Cowgirl Post author

      He wants it all. Easy to say for someone who doesn’t actually have to figure out how to govern yet. It’s all still just a fantasy for Corey (and always will be.)

    1. Mark T

      If only you could see out of two eyes, instead of just one. I said this was not unusual … hint hint hint … get my drift? Bet not.

      1. Wulfgar

        Mark, pointing out the blatantly obvious as if one lacks vision of the blatantly obvious proves you to be a fool, and nothing more. Yes, politicians do this shit, this very stupid shit. The point of Cowgirl’s post was that Stapleton is doing it poorly, stupidly and with much creepiness. Most of us have left your exasperation at the fricking obvious well behind us, and you chide because you’re shocked that we’re ahead of you and somehow we must acknowledge what you’ve just noticed to move forward.

        Mark, when the short bus started dropping by your house, didn’t you notice that the nice ladies told you that was an educational opportunity? Too bad.

        1. Mark T

          You have this habit of walking backward and rearranging reality to fit your perceptions. You first thought this was a good shot at a Republican, as your left eye is closed and you can’t see that Democrats are no different. When I pointed that out, you backtracked and said yes, of course you knew that. And Cowgirl too. She was just pointing out that he was a bit creepy at it, whereas one of your fellas would be …sophisticated.

          You are such a goddammed phony! And your point is such a reach that it is hard not to laugh at you. So hard,in fact, that I give into the impulse.

          Is there anything about you that seeps through this medium and comes across as genuine? You creep me out, like a teenager in his mother’s basement.

        2. Wulfgar

          You first thought this was a good shot at a Republican, as your left eye is closed and you can’t see that Democrats are no different. When I pointed that out,

          Except that you did no such thing, you liar. You pointed out that politicians behave as one usually suspects. ‘Nothing unusual here’ was your lament. No, there was nothing unusual. But it was really stupid. So you, being a short-bus rider, focus on the fact that other s might have been or might be as stupid as Stapleton. Funny how you can’t show that any are or were. You should work for FOX news, perhaps with the other bubble-heads on FOX and Friends.

          You are such a goddammed phony! And your point is such a reach that it is hard not to laugh at you. So hard,in fact, that I give into the impulse.

          The laughable part is that you can’t refute anything I’ve written without lying about what I’ve written. You’re the phony, Mark. You say:

          whereas one of your fellas would be …sophisticated.

          You can’t show a single quote in post or comment that defends your delusion about this point. That short bus might still do you some good, if only you’d listen to the nice ladies who tell you that you need special attention.

          You creep me out, like a teenager in his mother’s basement.

          I rest my case. Yes, my posts of your trolling and quotes of delusion are still in the works. See you soon, kitten.

  3. George3

    It’s almost as if he was trying to sneak around with his decrees behind Dr. Stearns’ back by addressing it to her staff. Something definitely isn’t right. I mean, who would do that?

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