Flathead Beacon political reporter Dan Testa is headed off to start a new job, but not without some parting advice for his fellow political reporters. One worthy example:
Any time a public official describes a piece of legislation as “another tool in the tool box,” take a shot of Jägermeister from the bottle you keep with you at all times.
This tired phrase has been trotted out by many tools, from Rick Hill’s slick congressional spokesperson, to TEA Party Representative David Howard, (R- Park City)–and probably even a few Dems. Testa was a good addition to the political reporting mix in Montana, often reporting on stories that others missed. Good luck to him on his next endeavor.
Bad News for the GOP
Bad news for the Republicans aiming to get elected in Montana, and I don’t just mean the rumored entry of Attorney General Steve Bullock to the race for Governor. I’m talking about Jeff Essmann’s announcement that he is “actively considering” a run for Governor in 2012. You might think such an announcement would be good news, at least for the frontrunners Miller and Hill, as Essmann certainly has no chance of winning the nomination. But the more time Essmann gets in the spotlight, the more Montanans will be reminded of nuttiest legislative session in state history, because Essmann was a member of the GOP leadership who presided over it. Essmann’s foray into statewide politics will make it a lot harder for the Republican party to disassociate itself from that debacle in 2012. H/t Montanafesto.
From Eternity to Here has an interesting post up this week about the “trending GOP tendency to deny science, knowledge- and maybe, common sense- in favor of the popularly held beliefs of uneducated, superstitious people.” Go read it.