It’s about one year from the 2018 election but the under-card might be more bruising and fun than the main event.
Never in my lifetime have I seen so many Montana politicians openly kissing the feet of political Kingmakers on the East Coast. Bannon, Trump, McConnell, it’s hard to see the faces of the Montana GOPers because they have them so firmly planted on these folks’ keisters.
First, let’s look at Matt Rosendale. Rosendale has done a delicate dance, kissing up to just about everyone. It’s no wonder he can’t be bothered to actually regulate the insurance market, he’s busy kissing up to White Supremacists, Citizens United, and just about anyone with a checkbook.
Rosendale’s got his main squeeze, noted White Nationalist, racist, and slime ball Steve Bannon.
But he’s also kissing up to Mitch McConnell and has received media training from the hated “establishment”. As noted before on this blog, this love triangle for Rosendale isn’t going to end well.
And now it seems Rosendale’s chief rival has secured the backing of the Trump family.
Part-time Montanan Troy Downing tweeted a picture of himself and the Trump children this week. The implied endorsement of the Trump family surely sent shock-waves through the Republican field.
This battle between a guy from Maryland kissing up to Steve Bannon and a guy who can’t even get a resident hunting tag kissing up to the Trumps has left me wondering just what the hell happened to the Montana GOP.
I never thought I’d find myself longing for the days of Denny Rehberg and Marc Racicot, but at least those guys knew Montana. Now we are left with a proxy battle between out-of-state interests.
Where have all the real Montanans gone? It’s no secret that we’ve seen the rural parts of our state get a little deeper red, but is this really what they want? A millionaire mansion rancher who can’t even pronounce Montana right or a California transplant who literally got busted for masquerading as a Montanan?
Unfortunately, in the Age of Trump it seems Montana GOPers are falling over themselves to kiss the ring of special interests.
I’d ask where have all the Montanan Republicans gone, but we watched a New Jersey gazillionaire body slam his way to a Congressional seat. He traded in any semblance of a conservative platform from his failed gubernatorial bid and replaced it with a fake smile and a refrain of “Drain the Swamp”. It’s no surprise to see rich out-of-staters competing for the GOP nomination to the Senate–it seems like that’s all they have left.
The battle for the heart of the Montana GOP is well on its way, and it’s between two out-of-state millionaires competing over who can do the best impression of a New York reality TV star.
Is this really what the Montana GOP has been reduced to? I am left to wonder what the farmer from Meagher County would think about Steve Bannon’s anti-trade policies? Or how the Republican in Miles City would feel about President Trump’s proposed cuts to USDA?
All the twitter photo-ops in the world won’t help these candidates explain away their backers anti-Montana policy positions.
When this primary is over, we will see just what the Montana GOP stands for–national identity politics or Montana issues. Should be fun.