R’s Move Right

The GOP has thrown out its leaders, and replaced them with more ideologically conservative purists.

Jim Peterson, the Senate President, has been sent packing (literally–poor Peterson could be seen carrying his office contents, including a giant plant and a few framed pictures and a box of supplies, to his car yesterday.) Peterson’s license plate reads “REDST8”–perhaps the right-wing newbies mistook it to mean he’s a commie.

Peterson stood for re-election but was roundly defeated in favor of Christian fundamentalist, anti-cannabis crusader and hard-core rightist Jeff Essmann. Essmann proudly declared yesterday that the “Republican message was well received by voters,” though it’s hard to see how anyone could arrive at this conclusion given that the GOP won only a single statewide race and lost the rest.

Art Wittich, lawyer for the right-wing Montana Policy Institute and also a lawyer for ultra-shady American Tradition Partnership (which ignored Montana Law on the way to buying house and Senate seats for Tea partiers with secret money) is the new Senate Whip.  Wittich has also called publicly for an investigation into whether hungry kids might be fed via a statewide “gleaning” program, meaning hungry kids would be fed the scraps that restaurants usually throw away.

Young gun Mark Blasdel has taken over as House Speaker. Blasdel belongs to the Todd Akin school, believing that abortion should illegal in all cases including rape.  I would suspect that this position helped him gain the Speakership.  Also, Blasdel is on the ALEC education task force, ALEC being the corporate front group that ghost-writes most of the legislation that state Republican legislators introduce.

Gordon Vance, a car and ATV salesman from Bozeman, will be majority leader.In Vance’s first session he only introduced one bill – a bill to help out his pals in the motor sports industry.  And in 2011 he spent his time introducing bills to root out the many undocumented workers he believes have infiltrated our state,  and bills to help insurance companies, and the State Fund, make more profit.

And Austin Knudson will be Senate Pro Temp. The right-winger is a former college Republican (yeah, those insufferable twits) turned attorney.  He was swept in by the ATP-fueled TEA Party takeover in 2010, and has had an unremarkable career.  Knudson was elected by railing against health care reform, then he eagerly accepted taxpayer funded health care benefits for himself.  (So did Essmann, Wittich, Vance, and Blasdel.)

For the Dems: Jon Sesso of Butte will be Senate minority leader and  Robin Driscoll of Billings and Cliff Larson of Missoula will be the whips.  In the House, minority leader will be Chuck Hunter and Reps. Margie MacDonald, D-Billings, and Edie McClafferty, D-Butte are minority whips.  Rep. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula is caucus leader.


53 Comments on "R’s Move Right"

  1. Twinkies and HoHos uncovered in 2063 will power Zefram Cochrane’s Phoenix as it ascends from Bozeman then to First Contact with the Vulcans.

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 16, 2012 7:36 PM at 7:36 PM |

    I hope that these Pubbie leaders had the foresight to plan ahead and order a HUGE amount of batshit for the coming session! Looks like they’re gonna NEED it! It should be another great one! I’m looking forward to it!

  3. Excellent…I can already taste the Bud Lights and the Velvet Sages that will be flowing freely at both the Colonial Inn and Jorgenson’s Lounge come January.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 17, 2012 7:07 AM at 7:07 AM |

      You mean them dumb teatard bastards drink a UNION made beer? (Bud Light) Good for them!

  4. I won’t be happy until I can take a shit on Assmann’s (Essmann) grave just like he did to all of the rest of us Montanans.

  5. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 17, 2012 7:22 AM at 7:22 AM |

    Wow! Thas some MAJOR butt hurt! AND, dumb as dog shit too! Pubbies, they just haven’t matured much sense age three!


    • Larry, I’m wondering if we could PLEASE go easy on these name calling and innuendos. Phrases like “drildo” I have to say, I take offense too, and would wish for a slightly more mature discord with our conservative friends.

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2012 5:49 PM at 5:49 PM |

        Sorry, I have NO “friends” that are conservative. And no, these morons NEED to be insulted because they are repsonsible for REAL harm to REAL people. That makes them guilty.

        Hope this helps.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2012 6:03 PM at 6:03 PM |

          Here, Marion, YOU be friends with assholes like this if you want! I won’t.


          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2012 6:06 PM at 6:06 PM |

            OOOOpsie! Here’s another good “conserative christian”, Marion. Now, WWYC, What Would YOU Call them? I call’em as I see’em. Dickweeds!


            Sorry that that offends you. I’m sure that you’re a nice person. I am too, really, but I can’t abide bullshit and treason.

            • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2012 6:34 PM at 6:34 PM |

              Marion, please do me a favor. BeFORE you lecture me, educate yourself. Sometimes, the TRVTH demands outrage. View the following video. It’s the TRVTH. Google Ken O’Keefe sometime to find out what a real hero is all about. Sometimes, it takes an ex-Marine Irishman to tell the TRVTH. And he does so.

              If you’re not outraged by what these dirty bastards are doing, you’re not paying attention!

              • Larry, I am paying attention, and I am outraged, yes. I also grew up in a family of Republicans, am baffled by their thinking, but there are some genuine, caring hearts among them. I guess I don’t care for the “butt hurt” and insulting language. We can get our points across to them in ways that are not insulting. I appreciate your passion, I do. Just feel we can rise above school ground language, and still get the point across. Just a respectful request.

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 20, 2012 6:28 AM at 6:28 AM |

                  The people I insult DESRVE insulting! Let’s be clear on that. For example, when David Duke Howard (head Pubbie in the house ferschrissakes!) suggests that a there will be a “civil war” if O’Bama is re-elected, HE’S A DICKWEED! And he must be told that!

                  For you see, I’m an O’Bama supporter. Therefore, he’s saying that he will use violence against me if he doesn’t get his way! Is there a BETTER definition of a noxious dickweed than that?

                  Or Gen. Robert E. Skees suggesting that Montana secede. HE’S A DICKWEED!

                  Or fatassed Birther Bob on national TV embarrassing Montana. HE’S A DICKWEED!

                  And on and on and on. Hell, we’re overRUN with noxious dickweeds!

                  Problem IS, Marion, lots of these folks ARE honest to God noxious dickweeds!

                  Now, I’m not insulting your republican relatives. (I’ve got’em too. We ALL have!) Who knows why they’re stoopid. But I DEFINITELY will insult public figures whom I consider to be dickweeds! Hell, these little fellers above called me a dickhead! And maybe they’re right! I could care less! It comes with the terrority! And yes, they are noxious dickweeds too!

                  But I only insult folks that need it. I mean, stop and THINK for a friggin’ moment. The noxious dickweed David Duke Howard calling for a civil war and nary a PEEP from our media! The HEAD of the dickweed Pubbie House in Montana! The PRESS are nutless dickweeds too!

                  Hence, SOMEONE must do the job that the press is unwilling to do. So, I will! It’s that simple. A dickweed canNOT expect to go through life as a dickweed and NOT be called on it at least once, wouldn’t you agree? For you see, when dickweeds are considered normal, THEN we really DO have a problem in this country.

                  Now, Marion, I don’t expect you to like what I write, but then again, if you don’t like it, just don’t read it. As I said, SOMEONE must do the job of the press, and I guess that job falls to me. HEY, I didn’t ASK for it, but I can’t sit back and watch the dickweeds parade around as the legitimate!

      • I’m with you, Marion, on having a “slightly more mature discord.” Perhaps Larry would benefit from having his own blog, posting and linking to his heart’s content?

        • I’d love to visit cowgirl on a more frequent basis, but find Larry’s rantings, exclamation-mark spewing and phonetically challenging vulgarities exhausting. I’m pretty sure he’s been asked to dial it back, but his ego and lack of humility won’t allow him to consider that prospect. It’s occurred to me on several occasions that Larry’s only mission is to drive people away from this blog. And now, I await the flaming from Larry which will result from this post. 3…2…1:

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 20, 2012 9:39 AM at 9:39 AM |

            So, self-DEPORT, dude! Look, free speech is a bitch, I know. So if you don’t like it, LUMP it! It’s that simple. If you stop reading because of me, you weren’t that much interested in he FIRST place now were you?

            I don’t ever tell anyone to stop expressing themselves. Why should I? Everyone has the right to give an opinion whether you agree with it or not, right? And really, what’s so bad about that? This IS kind of a lefty site after all.

            But flame you? Nah. Nuthin’ there to flame, dude.

          • I agree completely. I read cowgirl regularly, post rarely, and get frustrated with Larry guy’s childishness frequently. I really enjoy the reasoned and researched comments from James Conners and others, but Larry Kralj’s repetitive nonsense detracts from the sharp thinking here.

            • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 25, 2012 3:54 PM at 3:54 PM |

              It’s easy, dude. DON’T READ IT! Sheesh. I AIN’T goin’ anywhere. So, get used to it. We can’t ALL be like you, dude! Geez, no WONDER the righties think lefties are such weenies. They can’t even handle the TRVTH when it doesn’t conform to their fern bar world view! Well, dude, I’ve never even BEEN in a fern bar! I drink PBR, and good scotch when I can afford it. I’m a working man, and that’s my perspective on things. I would highly recommend that SOME of you weeny whiners venture OUT of the fern bars and OFF the campus up there in Mizoola now and then and get your hands dirty! You might learn sumthin’!

              Hope this helps!

              • Larry i am not sure what a fern bar is, I don’t live in Missoula, and happen to love PBR. (also not sure why you are making all of these generalized assumptions about people that disagree, but i digress.) What I don’t care to read when I come to this site is phrases like “dickweed” and “drildo.”

                As for:
                “Now, Marion, I don’t expect you to like what I write, but then again, if you don’t like it, just don’t read it. As I said, SOMEONE must do the job of the press, and I guess that job falls to me. HEY, I didn’t ASK for it, but I can’t sit back and watch the dickweeds parade around as the legitimate!”

                Let me share this link with you again: http://www.howtostartablog.org If you feel that your job is to write and post and link to inform people, I suggest you start a blog to do that, and those that want to read your rantings will gravitate there.

                In the meantime, (and I will stop asking after this post), I would politely ask you to please use language that is not spewed on a Middle School playground to make your point.

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 26, 2012 6:13 AM at 6:13 AM |

                  And I would ask you to STOP advising other people how to write! Deal?

                  Give it a rest, woman. You’re gettin’ just a wee bit arrogant and overbearing now. I’m not gonna change my writing style to suit anyone. Get it? Got it! Last response to you. Sorry.

                • Wasting.Your.Time

                  • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 26, 2012 6:19 AM at 6:19 AM |

                    Jumpin’ JAYSUS! I’m beginning to think that folks like marion here have NEVER been in a lunch room during break time at a real job. It’s funny as hell! Joke after joke after joke after insult! Just WHAT kinda work does this poor, pathetic woman do???

                    I can’t imagine someone being SO insulated from real life that she doesn’t appreciate good humor!

                    Sad, sad case.

                    BUT, you know me. I will soldier on! It’s what I do. I was BORN to raise hell with the inbreds!

                  • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 26, 2012 6:23 AM at 6:23 AM |

                    SOMEone wants to be site monitor! I’ll betcha she was a HALL monitor in high school! bwhahahahaha!
                    Sorry, marion, I really DID lose my pass! Too funny.

                    • will just say that you have me pegged veeeeeeery wrongly – pretty much opposite of all assumptions you have made. i just like thoughtful discourse, and don’t care for childish innuendos. I’ve said my piece and voiced my opinions. Off you go with your drildos and dickweeds now. I will just keep scrolling.

  6. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 17, 2012 8:42 AM at 8:42 AM |

    Hey, Ingy, here it COMES, dude! Are you gonna be ready? No, I don’t mean the Rapture. I mean, the Californication of America! They gave us Ronny Raygun and Tricky Dick. Now, they’ve given us the future! So’s, if you and the First Montana Inbred Irregulars wanna secede, you’d better do it quick! For you see, gubmint isn’t the problem, gubmint is the SOLUTION!



    Are you going to San Francisco.
    Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
    For if you’re going to San Francisco
    You’re gonna meet some commie people there!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 17, 2012 8:48 AM at 8:48 AM |

      For the young dudes who missed it. The MUST know that there was a magic time in this country when the fascist pig bastards were LAFFED at! (ie. Reagan, Nixon, et al) These cheese dicks running the Pubbie party now are an aberration to be laffed at. They are NOT your daddy’s America!


      We’re on own way back to Camelot! Now, let’s get some good music going!

  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2012 6:24 AM at 6:24 AM |

    Jim nails it! “Big shots, bastards, and bullshitters” have STOLEN our democracy! And of course, talking point STICK up ass little dickweeds like Mini Mitt Daines, TOO dumb to say something origingal! Pull little Mini Mitt’s string and out comes the latest Big Kochk talking point! What a pathetic little dickweed! Geez, we replaced Cowboy Ken Doll with STICK up as Nerd Ken Doll! Great job, brownie!


  8. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2012 6:44 PM at 6:44 PM |

    For the young dudes who read this site, a brief history lesson. President Clinton could go ANYWHERE in the world and be warmly welcomed by thousands upon thousands of people! BUSH couldn’t even go to f*cking ENGLAND, our best ally, withOUT a f*cking military blockade of all of London! He was THAT much hated and despised by the world!

    And then, along comes O’Bama, the black Kennedy. Hell, the ONLY time I can remember other peoples from other countries welcoming a U.S. president like this was John Kennedy, whom the CIA promptly assassinated! (probably with bush and nixon help)

    THIS is the old America before the CIA coups! You dudes missed it. Enjoy. It’s moving. And THIS was the promise of the United States beFORE the CIA and the fascists committed their coup. Let’s get our country back, shall we? Do it for you kids and grandkids! USA! USA! USA! And break the CIA into a thousand pieces like Kennedy wanted to do!


  9. Baucus and Tester said provisions in the Defense Authorization bill, added in committee, would limit the military’s ability to purchase American-made fuel, which they said would harm job growth, especially in their state, where biofuels are produced.


    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 20, 2012 10:58 AM at 10:58 AM |

      LK, I was visiting with an old timer the other day who grew up during the depression here in Mt. During the course of our conversation, we got to talking about high school. He came from the smallest graduating class in that small town he was from. I asked him why it was so small?

      He just laughed and said it was the Depression. People couldn’t AFFORD large families. And also many infants died.

      And you know, then it dawned on me. What the hell are we doing? WE are in economic tough times now, and yet the Pubbies and all the religeeous wackos want to STOP people from planning the size of their families! What the hell is WRONG with these dickweeds? (and bishop dickweeds too)

      You see, in the past, people understood that if times were hard, it was best to NOT have tons of kids! And now, with the means to plan for family size readily available, these dickweeds are advocating for the exact opposite!

      We can’t continue this endless growth. Everything is finite, inCLUDING land, water, and fossil fuels. Where is this madness to lead?

      • The white Christofascists are scared, LK: their numbers are falling and see cultural diversity as a threat. It’s their version of climate change: the faster you try to stem it, the faster it accelerates.

  10. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 20, 2012 10:50 AM at 10:50 AM |

    The culture war is over! Stephen Pizzo comes up with the terms of surrender for the Pubbies. They are quite good. Can’t add nuthin’ to that. SO, for Marion, give these to your relatives who are Pubbies and get them to agree. Then, we can stop the fighting and get ON with our country!

    Culture War Articles of Surrender.

    Article One: We, (hereafter meaning the GOP) acknowledge a fertilized human egg is no more a person than fertilized chicken egg is a chicken.

    Article Two: Evolution is science. Creationism is not science. Evolution belongs in science classes. Creationism belongs in church.

    Article Three: Corporations are political entities created for legal and tax reasons only. Corporations are not now, nor have they ever been, the same thing as “people.” After all, if corporations were really persons, and treated accordingly, prisons would be filled with boards of directors. Since they are not, we hereby acknowledge the difference.

    Article Four: We acknowledge that wealth has never trickled down. We admit that this is especially true for the American economy, which is 70% driven by consumers consuming. We acknowledge the direct cause-effect relationship between consumers spending money on stuff and the wealth of those who produce that stuff; to wit, wealth trickling up, not down. We apologize for any inconvenience or hardships our previous cyclical and self-serving position on this matter may have caused.

    Article Five: We hereby acknowledge that the First Amendment’s clause on religion only bars the government from establishing or favoring an official religion, or discriminating against particular religion(s). The First Amendment does not, we acknowledge, give any particular religion, no matter how demographically dominant, the right to impose their beliefs on those who do not share them. Nor does the First Amendment allow any religion to impose its beliefs in public schools or enshrined in government policy.

    Article Six: We hereby acknowledge that climate change is not only real, but in large part the fault of mankind’s careless and wonton use of fossil fuels. And, we admit here that our earlier position, as noted in the bumper sticker slogan: “Drill Baby, Drill,” was actually, “Dumb Baby, Dumb.” (Special apologies offered to the citizens of New Jersey.)

    Article Seven: We promise to cease opposition to scientifically-sound alternative energy. We also acknowledge that other countries are pulling ahead of the US in the development of financially and ecologically sustainable alternative energy solutions. Germany, for example, now produces a surplus of solar-produced electrical power. We hereby acknowledge we missed the boat on that one and that, rather than being part of the solution, were the very embodiment of the problem. We are really,really sorry about that.

    Article Eight: We acknowledge that, if America is about anything, it’s about immigration and assimilation. The color and ethnicity of immigrants changes over time. We apologize for reacting poorly to this fact in the recent past and promise to me more welcoming to legal immigrants in the future, no matter their color, creed or nationality. (We also took note in the last election that the votes of people of color counted just the same as the votes of white people with red necks. Duly noted.)

    Article Nine: We acknowledge that, while women are equal to men in all areas of ability, there are undeniable biological differences. This is particularly true when it comes to reproduction. Men cannot get pregnant, for example. In the recent past we supported reactionary forces on the right that wished to make it difficult, if not impossible, for women to control what happens to and within their own bodies. This was wrong. In fact, we acknowledge, those restrictive measures bordered upon a massive human rights violation. We promise to, from this day forward, to shun such totally dickish behavior.

    Article Ten: Finally we agree to cut all ties with groups that are or associate themselves with the low-brow movement that broadly slithers under the banner of “The Tea Party.” Furthermore we apologize to the broad American electorate for any encouragement or financial support we rendered to this collection of largely certifiable ignoramuses. We admit to embracing stupidity in an attempt to find votes from a larger demographic than just the rich and super-rich. But, since our party had had little if any entree into the world of ordinary Americans. we instead fostered a dangerous relationship with America’s lowest of the lowest denominators. We wholeheartedly apologize for that. (Besides, all that came back and bit us in the ass this November anyway.)

    OK, Pubbies, apologize! It’s time.

  11. +1 to the Larry tone down requests. Larry – man you’ve got a lot of heart, but when 3/4’s of the posts are from you, when you answer yourself multiple times – you’ve got to self-evaluate.


    Remember what cause you’re supporting. And think to yourself, am I helping the cause or driving people the f*ck away?
    I think the republicans are figuring out that little fact after the election – but maybe you can do the same.
    C’mon man. And if you have a lot to say, consider your own blog – not poaching space in the comments of anther’s. I might actually read your comments then.. but now, I am trained to scroll down (scroll down for a looooong time) to avoid your rantings.

    I’m prepared for you to get all weird with this request, but it will beg the question if you’ve run out of your meds. You just seem like a crazier nut job than what you’re trying to defeat.

    • Isn’t it plainly obvious to most that the “Cowgirls” include Larry? Without him, this blog would not exist.

      • That’s just kinda stupid, Elizabeth. Writing styles don’t change that much. If Larry Kralj were one the “Cowgirls” it would be obvious to anyone who isn’t deluded by paranoia. (Notice, please, that doesn’t include you …)

  12. Sen. Baucus wants to exempt first $5M of estate tax as part of a farm food/water bill even though it would help those wanting to pass former treaty land to future white producers:


  13. Montana Republicans should look at Congressional approval numbers and read in them a cautionary tale. While Congress is still in a record low approval streak, numbers (21% now) are up from the TEA Party era’s all-time low in August of last year, when they had a 9% approval rating.


    The GOP moved too far right and their approval ratings tanked. That’s what’s already happening with the legislature and it hasn’t even started yet! There’s a mixed metaphor here somewhere : ) something about the train wreck not even leaving the station.

    I guess these people don’t read the papers as it seems like they’re the only ones that don’t see the obvious.

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