No sign of him or his peeps (or Republican party peeps, for that matter) at any of the Tea Party events that have been held around the state and at the Capitol in recent times. He has made no appearances and expressed no opinion on any of the major pieces of legislation the Tea Party has been promoting during this legislature, such as carrying guns in the Capitol, secession, nullification, radical anti-choice bills, militias, sheriff authority over federal agents, and so on.
In essence, Rehberg wants to be Tea without the pain.
You would think the nullification issue would be particularly sensitive for Rehberg since he voted for the Real ID Act which would have required Montanans to carry federal ID cards. Fortunately the legislature (on a 150-0 vote) and the Governor teamed up to rebuff the federal government and tell them to shove it. That episode has been cited by the wing-nuts as an example of nullification (though it isn’t, because Montana wasn’t required by federal law to comply with Real ID; rather, the state was threatened with reprisal by the feds in other areas if it chose not to comply).
Nevertheless, when “Tea” had a strong connotation back a year or two ago, Denny was openly bragging about how he was a Tea Partier. Now he is not so loud and proud. The truth is that Denny drinks his Tea holding his saucer in his left hand, with the cup in his right hand, and his right thumb and index finger on the cup handle and his pinky sticking out. Sort of like a member of the European elite.
He thinks having a mustache and wearing a big belt buckle can carry the day with the likes of Ravndal and Skees. Let’s see if that works.