More bad new for republican gubernatorial hopefuls this week. Voter backlash in reaction to the TEA party legislature, Fox News reports:
“could keep the governorship of the Big Sky state in Democratic hands.”
The crazy bills that the Montana GOP introduced upon taking office–encouraging global warming, funding militias, giving sheriffs autonomy over the federal government, and many more–in the Montana legislature have either been killed by embarrassed GOP moderates or will be soon–or will be publicly vetoed by the Governor.
As Fox writes:
“Governor Schweitzer has said bills introduced by Tea Party freshmen in the state legislature, ‘make Republicans look bat-crap crazy.'”
In Colorado, the TEA party’s wingnut positions and refusal to compromise with the mainstream has caused electoral nightmares for the Rs to the extent that chair Dick Waddams up and quit, saying that because of the Tea party legislature, the GOP’s ability “to win and retain the votes of hundreds of thousands of unaffiliated swing voters in 2012 will be severely undermined,” Fox reports. Waddams knows well the political landscape of Montana and the west. He managed Conrad Burns’ 2000 Senate Campaign.
As Fox News reports, in a high turnout election atmosphere (like 2012 will be with Montana’s U.S. Senate race) Republicans must reach out and attract independents and unaffiliated voters to get to a majority. But the TEA party Republicans extremism is making that impossible, which will cause real problems for whomever wins Montana’s GOP gubernatorial primary.