As you all know, Montana Republicans are a nativist and xenophobic crew, who hurl “out-of-state” as a nasty insult and love to tout the number of generations back that their lineage has lived in Montana. Many a pale chest is thumped mightily as if these men had a role in choosing the location of their births.
So we should assume that the GOP power brokers are currently holding an emergency meeting in a smoke-filled room somewhere, urgently trying to decide how to handle a shocking development within the party: The Montana Democratic Party pointed out today that Daines’ latest ad asserts he “grew up in Bozeman, a fifth-generation Montanan,” which directly contradicts earlier claims Daines made to the press: “I’m a third-generation Montanan, kind of that classic Montana kid.” (And if someone were to dig up his RNC speech and cached versions of his old twitter accounts, we might see different numbered generations manifest themselves.)
Actually, Daines was born in southern California.
Many major prominent and minor GOP candidates have all been from out of state. Corey Stapleton was born in Seattle, raised partly in Idaho. Brad Johnson was born in Illinois. Matt Rosendale was born in Baltimore. Derek Skees was born in Orlando. Champ Edmunds is from South Carolina.
Also, other Republican out-of-state spies have previously infiltrated Montana politics. Rick Hill was born and raised in Minnesota; Ken Miller was born and raised in Colorado; Neil Livingstone was born in St. Louis; Conrad Burns was from Missouri. Chuck Baldwin is from Indiana. And Dave Lewis, lieutenant governor candidate in 2004, was born in South Dakota.
So it’s a major embarrassment. Most GOP current and recent statewide primary candidates can’t pass their own Montana purity test. This is an awful calamity that requires some remedy, quickly.
Because how on earth can anyone possibly be a dedicated public servant if he or she was born in another state? It’s inconceivable–a non-starter.
(I guess we’re finally starting to get hints about what all that google washing Daines did was about.)
The bottom line is this: If Daines will lie about his own background, no one should be surprised when he lies about whom he answers to, about how his votes are bad for jobs and schools, about what he’s really up to, and what he really believes.