Dems rallied the faithful this weekend in Great Falls at the annual convention, with many speeches by the many state-wide candidates. Mostly, just a lot speechifying. The top ticket candidates did not disappoint. Tester and Bullock gave great speeches, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Nothing in the way of fireworks or controversy, unfortunately for bloggers, unless you count a few backhanded comments by a couple of speakers. Larry Jent, running for Governor, said he would pledge never to bring his dog to his office if he were the governor and that he’d “never disparage the legislature.” It was unclear whether Jent’s remarks were a slap at the Governor. Jent has a strange speaking style. But Schweitzer seemed to take his pound of flesh for these remarks, personally introducing Bullock to the podium with remarks that almost amounted to an endorsement.
Jon Sesso, house majority leader, said that dems need to do more than disparage the enemy, an apparent effort to tamp down the jovial anti-nut-case spirit that was reverberating through the convention.
Picking up on Sesso’s comment, sourpuss Lee Capitol beat writer Mike Dennison wrote an opinion piece on Sunday, wondering aloud whether Dems will do anything other than disparage the extreme elements of the GOP as the 2012 election season kicks in.
Dennison has a point. Democratic candidates must always, above all else, cite the work of Democrats in making Montana one of the best fiscally managed state in America, and for using the resulting funds to invest in education.
But I wonder if Dennison has listened, in the last ten years or so, to the rhetoric that emanates from the GOP? That party has reduced itself to four talking points: complaining about environmentalists, complaining about liberals, complaining about Democrats, and complaining about Obama.