A deliciously silly item to report today.
There is a new blog in Montana, an anonymous one, by the name of MontanaFloodlight.com and written ostensibly by self-proclaimed “responsible Republicans.” It takes aim at the Tea Party and the extremist faction of Republicans.
The headlines are very amusing as is the content, and as are the targets of the blog’s ire. “Fiscally Prudent” is the title, for example, of a July 10 post, containing the following paragraph:
Along with our balanced budget and healthy ending fund balance Montana is a shining example of government that works. Thanks in large part to Republicans that fought their own party to make sure pensions were funded!
Funnier still is that the blog apparently will employ a strategy of accusing extremists of being fiscal liberals. A July 1 entry is entitled “Essmann and Fielder: Big Spenders.” Fielder is state senator Jennifer Fielder from Sanders County, who works with militia groups, believes all federal land including national parks should be reverted to private status, and is a Cliven Bundy aficionado. And yet this moderate Republican blog has decided to try to take her down, or weaken her, by accusing her of being a “big spender.” Interesting choice.
The toughest part of this effort is that the blog finds itself arguing that the state is in solid fiscal health, something that Republicans hate admitting because it means crediting Steve Bullock. But a May 31 entry is headlined “State Government is NOT Growing” and features plums like this:
The latest falsehood created by Art Wittich and being repeated by the extremists is that the budget blew up three times faster than private sector growth. Nice fuzzy terms to hide the lies.
So the obvious question is, who is behind this blog?
I’d say there are a few possibilities. First, perhaps the responsible Republican faction in Montana, led by Kalispell Senator Bruce Tutvedt and company. Perhaps they raised some money and hired an operation. Lord knows that there’s no sitting Republican official in Montana who could even start a website let alone put together a blog. Perhaps some money has come from DC, from a group such as Karl Rove’s American crossroads which sometimes takes the side of establishment Republicans in primaries.
But since it’s anonymous, it tells me that the authors are afraid to admit that they are not extremists. Might it then be Bowen Greenwood and Will Deschamps, the director and chair of the state GOP?