Cowgirl Blog’s Top Nutjobs of 2013

It’s been another wacky year if TEA Party nutjob antics. From voting to keep prison sentences for being gay to a slew of racist remarks and terrible ideas, Montana elected officials, TEA Party activists, and candidates brought the crackpot craziness to mainstream politics in an embarrassing way.

Here’s a look back at some of the most outrageous comments, craziest conspiracy theories, and just plain bad ideas proposed by our witless leaders in 2013, making these the blog’s most popular posts.

1. They Keep Saying They Aren’t Racist, but…

The blog crashed when this post ended up on the front page of Reddit. People were outraged that the chair of the Yellowstone County Republican party had posted a racist joke on her Facebook page.  But local Republicans didn’t remove Jennifer Olson, who also leads the Billings TEA Party group. Olson later resigned saying she wanted to “spend more time with her family.”

2. Montana Republican Caught Using N-Word: Says He Is By No Means a Racist

Nor was 2013 a great year for another elected Republican official. Yellowstone County Treasurer Max Lengington was caught using the n-word in his government emails, plagiarizing other racist rants, and setting up an unauthorized $25k line of credit for himself–but in the county’s name.

3. 30 Days for Billings Teacher Who Raped 14-year-old Student

In 2013, we learned of the Yellowstone County GOP leader’s racist Facebook post and that the Yellowstone County superintendent of schools in Billings is a barely literate, racist, plagiarizing, Tea Party ignoramus.

We also learned of another Billings official who needs to be removed from office. Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced a 54-year-old male ex-teacher to only 30 days in prison, for having been in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student who later committed suicide. Judge Baugh, in issuing the sentence, declared his belief that the girl was “older than her chronological age.” Sentences usually seen in Montana for sex offenses like this one are in the dozens of years, with little chance for parole. In this case, perhaps the Judge decided that since the victim wasn’t quite white enough, that a lighter sentence was in order. I don’t know this to be the case, but I can’t come up with any other explanation.

4. TEA Partiers Caught on Tape

A pair of TEA Party elected officials were caught on tape this year. The officials were recorded discussing–in front of their own organization’s running audio recorder–whether the room was bugged after they had a conversation about how American Indians were “not Americans.” Boone Cole and Jerry Laskody of Montana’s Flathead Joint Board of Control were put in office by TEA Party dark money groups to obstruct a water rights agreement with Montana tribes. You can read the whole transcript here.

5. Montana Lawmaker Makes National News for Bizarre Sex, Ballpoint Pen Comments,Then Tries to Lie to Media about What He Said

In a segment called “The Sideshow, this week in GOP Jaw Droppers,” Chris Matthews shines a light the most ridiculous things actually said by Republicans across the nation.  Here’s the video featuring Montana legislator Dave Hagstrom:

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6. Would Be “Peaceful Ethnic Cleanser” from Montana Makes National News

A white supremacy group leader who has called for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing” that would clear parts of North America for only white people was profiled on the Rachel Maddow show in 2013. Here’s the clip:

Richard Spencer, recently moved the group from Georgia to Whitefish. He says: “It is perfectly feasible for a white state to be established on the North American continent,” adding, “I have a dream.”

7. Ten Montana Senators Vote to Keep Prison Time for Gay People

This past year, the Montana Senate voted, finally, to erase our “anti-sodomy law” which makes it an imprisonable crime to be gay.  Although invalidated by our state supreme court in 1997, the law has remained on the books because Republicans always refused to go along with efforts to scrap it.  SB 107, a measure to strike the offensive language from our statutes finally passed the senate.  That said, the vote was far from unanimous.  Ten Republicans voted no:

Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena; Sen. Scott Sales, R-Bozeman; Sen. Scott Boulanger, R-Darby; Sen. Dee Brown, R-Hungry Horse; Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell; Sen. Rick Ripley, R-Wolf Creek; Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey, Sen. Matthew Rosendale, R-Glendive; Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville; Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings


8. Leaked Memo: National GOP Tells Daines How to Scare Voters, Act Like He Cares

If you thought Republican politicians got even more stupid in 2013, then you apparently were right because this leaked document from the National Republican Party in Washington spoke to them like they are imbeciles. The hilarious memo instructed Steve Daines and his House GOP colleagues on how to tour their districts during the August recess. Namely, it was chock full of advice on how to seem popular, how to blame “Washington” for all of our nation’s ills, how to frighten people about Obamacare and “red tape,” and how to use all of these techniques, and many others, to increase the chances of getting re-elected.

9. The Usurpathoner Road Show

A birther blogger who once tried to organize a national “Usurpathon” to unseat President Obama  is taking to the road as a water rights “expert” to help the TEA Party obstruct a water rights agreement between Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Kate Vandemoer is most known for her unsuccessful campaign to unseat President Obama, with an event she called “The Usurpathon.”  Vandemoer attempted to organize 10,000 TEA Partiers and birthers from across the U.S. to descend on Washington and unseat “the Usurper,” President Obama. Unfortunately for Vandemoer, only two people showed up.

10. Leaked Emails Show Civil War in Montana GOP

One of the biggest news themes of 2013, if it is news at all, was the ongoing war Republicans in Montana have with each other.

Some juicy emails [PDF] were published by the Great Falls Tribune this year, showing the machinations of rightwing Republicans such as Jeff Essmann and Art Wittich as they try to vanquish the moderates, led by ousted Senate President Jim Peterson.  Presumably, these missives were leaked by one of the moderate legislators in the scrum, who thought it would be good to publicize the schism.

UPDATE: Rep. Ed Walker (R-TEA Billings) was miffed that I didn’t that I did not include him in this year-end list of the state’s top nutjobs of 2013.

Rep. Ed Walker (R-Billings) argues that an imbecilic racially charged twitter rant he engaged in should have merited him a mention in the post.

“You left me out off your top 10 list?” Rep. Walker fumed.  “I figured you would include our back and forth on the history of Democrat racism in American [sic]…..Also, I remember educating your progressive, low information readers (but I repeat myself) about how progressive policy = road to serfdom.”

And so, my sincerest apologies to Mr. Walker.  At his request, I have revised the list to reflect that Rep. Walker is indeed a nutjob. Specifically, he became the subject of ridicule after he embarked on a major twitter rant about race.  His thesis was that the Democratic Party is the party of racists, while the Republican Party is the party that fights racism. Many happy returns of the day, Rep. Walker….you’ve really outdone yourself.



32 Comments on "Cowgirl Blog’s Top Nutjobs of 2013"

  1. This is a computer-generated post. Do not respond.

  2. Once again, it is necessary to point out that Scott Sales does *NOT* represent Bozeman. His district is northwest Gallatin county, southern Broadwater county.

  3. Until the State Republican party grows up and purges the idiots (TP’ers, Essmann, Wittich, etc) expect more of the same.

    Unfortunately, they are the current face of the state apparatus. I do, however, see a realization among many in the party that they can no longer be silent and allow the foolishness to continue if they hope to achieve anything of note fiscally. Socially, their time passed decades ago and with each passing day their numbers dwindle.

  4. No expected “Batshit crazy” to grow after 2011. but apparently Bat Feces is quite the fertilizer for the republican Party.

    But lets face facts, it is the same voices. They have become attached to being known in their community. because the Media is no longer worried about getting the story right…They are just interested in continually selling advertisements so they don’t starve. Propping up continuous Scandals without the meat

    Forgetting altogether, that their menu of real news for the people of this state is all but gone itself.

  5. Its a worthy list, but how can any post titled “Cowgirl Blog’s Top Nutjobs of 2013” not include Norma Duffy and Larry Kralj? How about an honorable mention at least.

    The preacher/lobbyist/snake handler from down in the bitterroot who just got sentenced for fraud probably should make some kind of list as well.

  6. Bob, you left me out off your top 10 list? I figured you would include our back and forth on the history of Democrat racism in American. Also, I remember educating your progressive, low information readers (but I repeat myself) about how progressive policy = road to serfdom. Ho-hum, maybe next year.

    • That’s an OK burn, Mr. Walker, kind of over-the-top and not clever, but I get your meaning – “progressives”, and it is all a giant clump in your eyes, are low-IQ and low self-awareness people. Now, slowly turn that mirror around, and we will watch you melt.

    • let me get this straight-you are a state legislator, and are upset that you were not listed as among the top 10 craziest lunatics in montana ? are you kidding me?

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 2, 2014 10:10 PM at 10:10 PM |

      Mr. Edwierdo Wanker, you made the HUMOR list, dude! You’re a funny little fella, not really worthy of much attention! Sorry. When you grow up, and grow a set, come back and maybe we’ll reconsider you as something other than humorous!


    • You’re confused. Bob Funk is paid to write the MTStreetfighter by Hilltop Solutions. This blog is written by staffers at the insurance commissioner’s office.

  7. Mr. Walker,
    I’m surprised you did not make the list either, but don’t worry this was just the top Nutjobs for 2013. I believe the 2013 list of smug assholes is forthcoming and I am sure you will make that list.
    P.S. When attempting to educate anybody about Democrat racism in American you should stop using that widely debunked list of talking points………Or you could just tell us again that MLK was a card carrying Republican, lol, that’s one of my favorites.

  8. Aware and Not stupid | January 2, 2014 7:11 PM at 7:11 PM |

    You forgot to add a story about “isn’t It All About Me” Brad Johnson……he’s going to take Denny Rehberg out in the GOP Primary or maybe be the next PSC Commissioner? He could actually make Brad Molnar look like a reasonable Republican. The guy is a legend in his own mind, but heck, the GOP thought ol’ Bob Kelleher was a good choice for the U.S. Senate a few years back too…..

  9. All these folk caught spitting against the wind in Montana this year.

  10. By the way Cowgirl excellent LIst!

  11. Right? I never watched it till you brought in your new Persona, abe Foreskin. Was this one of your fav movies of all time Rob?

    I guess I was to busy watching better flicks such as “Alien”, “The color of money”, “A room with a view.” or even “Little shop of horrors” for the first time. even “Top Gun” might have been to adult for you then?????? just saying!

    • Actually, dumbass, my fave movies are these:

      Chariots of Fire
      Alien (notice the singular)
      The Director’s cut of Blade Runner
      Ghost Busters
      Night of the Living Dead
      12 Angry Men (a perfect film)
      The Cowboys
      All of the LOTR movies as well as all of the HP movies,
      and Burlesque
      For the record, stupid, it’s “too” and “to”. Learn the difference, idiot.

  12. Does anybody else see the irony in a couple of nutjobs arguing in the comment section of a post about nutjobs?

    I feel bad for Ed Walker though, he fell victim, like most teabaggers, to finding some talking points that fit his narrow, selfish, world view, conducting zero additional research and then holding it up like the truth. Whether its quotes from Lincoln or a weak list of democrat examples of racism they just can’t seem to help themselves. Granted, when you share Ed’s world view I’m sure facts are hard to come by.

  13. I just love passing gas…I mean time… visiting MT Cowgirl when certain topics catch my eye. Topics and posts that would hold more “water” if there were criticisms of both sides. I’ve said it B4 and I’ll keep saying it. There is no difference between the opposite sides of the same coin. No matter how you flip it, the value never changes. They both suck!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 5, 2014 2:39 PM at 2:39 PM |

      Um, Claire, that comment was kinda like your entire site. There’s nuthin’ there! I spent considerable time trying to find out what the hell you’re saying, and I concluded that yes, you really DO know something about passing gas! Please, post an opinion…..if you actually have one. BTW, where you from? I listened to the Kriss Cross radio interview and you sound very much like you’re from some place else. What is your background, and where did you get your bona fides? College, etc. Do you know ANYTHING about Montana? What is your expertise on government, since that seems to be your major theme? Very, very strange site you got there.

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