Recently, the Billings Gazette broke the news that the Governor had been criticized. Groundbreaking stuff. It seems there is a second political party; one to which Governor Steve Bullock does not belong, which is scrambling to find chinks in the armor of the very popular leader of the State. I know what you’re thinking, but no, it’s actually not the Gazette staff. It’s the Republican Party of Montana.
I am personally not a member, but I have a lot of friends who are. There happen to be a lot of them in Montana and, for the most part, they are every bit the fair-minded, ethical, hard working stock as are Montana’s Democrats.
This is why I found it a little disconcerting, while reading about Republican allegations of misuse of the state airplane, that I had to wade through 18 full paragraphs before seeing this one about the 2015 legislature’s Joint General Government subcommittee:
“The subcommittee cut funding for the Beechcraft King Air plane and the pilot’s salary on a partisan vote. After looking at the governor’s flight records, as well as the program’s costs dating back to fiscal year 2010, lawmakers restored funding for the plane. They reasoned the plane was necessary for long trips.”
Apparently, Lee Newspapers had some column inches to fill. Why else regurgitate one party’s talking points about an issue which was not only revealed to be partisan hackery; but previously de-bunked partisan hackery, which was sheepishly undone?
Perhaps it is because the Republican party’s local standard bearer shares the shortcomings of his national counterparts in that they have no idea how to effectively govern. While Donald Trump tools around in his private plane, sowing discontent and inciting violence, Greg Gianforte uses his private jet in a desperate scramble to have somebody create for him some type of platform that might conceal his agenda.
Perhaps not. Either way, Montanans’ time is valuable. Maybe the Billings Gazette could empathize and debunk its own stories a little earlier within them.