Matt Rosendale Takes a Stand on Where he Stands

Matt Rosendale has consistently shown he’s not ready for prime time.  He just happens to have millions of dollars, so he keeps getting elected.

Between his thick Maryland accent and his nonsensical policy proposals it is very hard to understand Matt Rosendale when he talks.

Reading should be a little easier–you would think.

Rosendale proudly tweeted out a meme showing how profound he is.  And how he #meansbusiness.  It’s tough to tell what exactly Rosendale’s saying here:

Let’s unwrap this slogan.

After I walk into a room, (Okay, so we know Matt has just entered a room)

When I leave you may not like me, (Okay, so Matt has left the room and done something to upset the people in the room)

But by golly you will not misunderstand where I am, (Matt clearly and presumably loudly shuts the door to this room.  He leaves behind no doppleganger.  He is now out of this room.)

I get things done. (Matt has completed the act of leaving a room)

I just don’t see how this is a positive.  In this scenario the thing Matt has got “done” is upsetting the people in the room.

Your racist uncle can walk in a room, piss everyone off, and walk out, but that doesn’t qualify him to be a US Senator.

It should come as no surprise that a man running for Senate with ZERO accomplishments ,despite years of elected office, is touting his ability for basic transport as a qualification.

If Rosendale is interested in more slogans to meme-ify here are a few suggestions:

After I use the bathroom, when I leave you may not know it, you may not hear the water run, but by golly I wash my hands–I swear.  I get things done.

After my dog craps on the lawn, when he’s done doing his business, it may stink, but by golly I will pick it up.  I get things done.

After I Become Insurance Commissioner, Your Premiums Will Go Up, I May Just Rubber Stamp Rate Increases, But By Golly Will I still Pull A Salary, I Get Things Done (By golly this one might work)



29 Comments on "Matt Rosendale Takes a Stand on Where he Stands"

  1. Good golly, those are brain cells I’m never going to get back.
    Montana Hat, I’m going to start referring to you as “MT Hat”, which is pronounced “empty hat.”

  2. yep, all hat and no cattle means you at least still have to have a ‘brain housing’ to put any hat on!

  3. It’s hard to see what qualities, experience and ideas he offers his desired constituents in this message. Guess he has to run on his record and so far, that doesn’t offer much for this newcomer to feel comfortable! .

  4. The meme is the ne plus ultra of bullying. (Look it up, lil matt, at least you will have learned something.)

  5. Steve Bannon, leader of the charge against the Republican party establishment and former adviser to President Donald Trump, has endorsed Matt Rosendale in Montana’s 2018 Senate race. Rosendale tweeted out a photo of himself and Bannon on Wednesday morning, saying “Met w/ Steve Bannon a few weeks ago. Thrilled to have earned his support!” Rosendale’s campaign released a statement about the endorsement: “President Trump’s agenda is good for the nation and great for Montana. And right now we have a tremendous opportunity to implement it. But clearly, there aren’t the 51 votes needed in the Senate to move the ball forward.”

    Bannon is a former chief strategist to Trump who left that position earlier this year. Since his departure, he returned as chairman of Breitbart News and declared a “season of war” against establishment Republicans, with a goal of defeating sitting members of the Republican Party in Congress by challenging them in primaries. Bannon has been called everything from racist to a white nationalist and anti-Semitic, though he counters that he is simply an economic nationalist. He is also vocal in his disgust with the mainstream media and has used Breitbart to push out anti-immigrant and white nationalists views. He has said in the past his website is a “platform” for the alt-right, though has denied he is a member of that movement.

    Bannon called Trump’s move last week to end cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies a move to “blow up” health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Rosendale initially told Montana insurance companies selling on the exchange they could not raise rates to make up for the lost payments, but that was reversed earlier this week.

  6. Rosendale is of the opinion that state and federal regulations have harmed development of coal, oil and gas, including the non-development of major mining projects like Arch Coal’s failed Otter Creek mine in southeast Montana.

    Rosendale said permitting undid Otter Creek. Arch’s own explanation for the failure in 2015 was more complex.

    Arch’s Coal’s Otter Creek leases held an estimated 1.5 billion tons of coal on state and federal lands. The company bid $86 million in 2010 to mine the state’s coal share. But by 2015, The global coal market was crashing. Arch suspended its state application in 2015 shortly after the company declared bankruptcy. Arch cited a weak coal market and poor capital in explaining its decision to withdraw from permitting. The company said the path to getting the mine permitted was uncertain. The company hadn’t answered questions about water quality and quantity coming from the mine. Without those answers, Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality wouldn’t move forward on issuing permits. Those questions went unanswered for seven months before Arch withdrew its permit application altogether.

  7. The Club for Growth PAC today announced its endorsement of Matt Rosendale, Montana State Auditor, for the 2018 U.S. Senate race, and the seat currently held by Sen. Jon Tester. “Matt Rosendale is the kind of economic conservative we need in Washington today, and the Club for Growth PAC is proud to endorse him for U.S. Senate,” said Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh. “Matt understands the importance of limited government and advances pro-growth economic policies. His record in Montana of supporting lower taxes and opposing Medicaid expansion demonstrates his commitment to economic freedom, and Club for Growth PAC looks forward to Matt bringing conservative principles to Washington as the next senator from the great state of Montana.”

  8. Pants on Fire…or just stupid?

    While declaring his U.S. Senate bid, Republican hopeful Matt Rosendale zeroed in on the Second Amendment record of his opponent Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

    “Tester believes that we should have a national registration so that the people of Montana should have to ask permission before they purchase a gun, ask permission from the federal government,” Rosendale, Montana’s state auditor, said in a July 31 interview on Voices of Montana.

    We decided to investigate whether Tester supports a national gun registry. It turns out the opposite is true.

    What is a national gun registry?
    This point may seem obvious but it bears highlighting: the government does not have a single, consolidated list of all guns and all gun owners across the country, or, what a layperson would call a national gun registry.

    “When people talk about national gun registration, they most commonly are talking about a list of people who own guns lawfully, or a list of the guns that are lawfully owned,” said David Kopel, a policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute who has authored several books on gun control.

    An important caveat, however, is that the National Firearms Act of 1934, which Congress passed in response to that era’s rash of organized crime, did set up a registry for limited types of guns and other weapons. Those included machine guns, which fire multiple rounds with a single pull of the trigger; short-barreled rifles or shotguns; disguised guns, like those made to look like a belt buckle; hand grenades; and silencers.

    While some might consider the registration of machine guns and silencers to be a national gun registry, that’s inconsistent with common parlance.

    Further, Rosendale’s statement alleges Tester supports a registry to apply broadly to “the people of Montana,” and Rosendale’s campaign gave no indication he was referring to the narrower National Firearms Act registry.

    We asked Rosendale’s campaign for evidence that Tester supports a national gun registry. They pointed us to a vote Tester cast in favor of a 2015 amendment sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that failed in the Senate.

    Did that measure seek to establish a federal list of guns and their owners?

    Not even close.

    The campaign’s attempt to paint the Feinstein amendment as a national gun registry is absurd, and here’s why
    For the past nearly 20 years, federally licensed gun dealers have been required to run an FBI background check on customers. Would-be purchasers are checked against an FBI list of people prohibited by law from owning guns: those with felony convictions, known illegal aliens and domestic abusers, to name a few categories.

    The Feinstein amendment sought to extend the FBI’s list to those on the U.S. government’s consolidated terror watchlist of known or suspected terrorists, and grant the attorney general discretion to deny them from buying a gun.

    The Rosendale campaign’s argument appears to be as follows: Because the terror watchlist has mistakenly listed innocent people, the watchlist could be used as a national gun registry.

    Experts dismissed the notion that to deny gun sales to the government’s list of known and suspected terrorists, flawed as it may be, is the same thing as making a federal list of lawfully-owned guns and its owners.

    “The terror watch list is not a gun registry,” said Philip J. Cook, a professor of public policy studies at Duke University and an expert on gun control. “In fact, if the Feinstein amendment were passed and enforced, then the terror watch list would be a registry of people who did not have guns!”

    David Hemenway, a professor of health policy at Harvard University who has written extensively about firearms policy, said the Rosendale campaign’s explanation of the Feinstein amendment doesn’t add up.

    “This simply has involved changing the criteria for passing a background check. It is nothing like a registry,” Hemenway said. “He doesn’t seem to understand what a registry is.”

    So Rosendale’s central claim is flat wrong — but he didn’t stop there. Rosendale said the registry Tester allegedly supports would require Montanans to “ask permission from the federal government” before they purchase a gun.

    Because the alleged gun registry proposal is a fiction, it can have no policy implications. So this extra bit only serves to enhance the claim’s absurdity.

    The Rosendale campaign said further that Tester’s votes against several measures means he is tolerant of a national gun registry because these measures would have made it harder to enact one. However — leaving aside whether these bills would have done that — the reality is that Tester’s record shows clear instances where he opposed gun registries.

    Tester’s opposition to a national gun registry
    Tester voted for the 2013 Manchin-Toomey Amendment, a bipartisan background check plan, which we previously found would have strengthened federal law prohibiting the creation of a national gun registry.

    In 2011, he was among a group of lawmakers who pushed for a provision to block federal funding from being used to retain gun background check records for more than 24 hours, and voted in favor of the bill that contained this provision. (Tester expressed concern as early as 2006 that maintaining such records could be the first step toward a national gun registry).

    He also co-signed a 2011 letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raising Second Amendment concerns that a proposed U.N. arms trade deal could lead to an “international gun registry.” For this, Tester earned praise from the National Rifle Association for “stand(ing) on the side of America’s 80 million gun owners in opposition to those who want to eliminate our freedoms.”

    Our ruling
    Rosendale said Tester “believes that we should have a national registration so that the people of Montana should have to ask permission before they purchase a gun, ask permission from the federal government.”

    Tester’s record shows opposition to a federal list of lawfully-owned guns and gun owners. To claim he supports this is absurd.

  9. Republicans have struggled to recruit top candidates for the 2018 senate race.. A lack of clear leaders is leading to a bunch of lower-tier candidates jumping into the race, which means Republicans could spend the next year in potentially expensive (and, in some cases, divisive) primaries in some key states. This isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not a perfect start for a perfect run for Republicans. Montana Republicans lost their top recruit, Ryan Zinke, after Trump picked him to be his interior secretary. Attorney General Tim Fox (R) also said no thanks to challenging two-term Sen. Jon Tester (D), which has left the state auditor as the biggest name among half a dozen potential candidates.

    • Laugh while you can, Not-Margerie; when these “lower-tier” candidates take office they will continue the task of Draining the Swamp.

  10. Nice try. That’s a knee slapper, using my name, rather than your own.

  11. The IQ problem is not with Rosendale, Trump, et al, of course, but the MT constituency electing them.

  12. Nancy’s Flip-Flop embodies Leftist Hypocrisy.
    Embattled Rep. John Conyers “sure as hell” will not be pressured into resigning, a lawyer for the 88-year-old Michigan congressman vowed Thursday, just an hour after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said he should step down amid sexual harassment allegations.

    “Pelosi did not elect the congressman and she sure as hell will not pressure him to leave,” Conyers’ attorney Arnold Reed said.

    The attorney went on to allude to a perceived double standard, noting that Sen. Al Franken, who is the subject of mounting sexual harassment complaints, has not been the subject of similar calls from within the Democratic Party.
    Despite Pelosi’s remarks, the Congressional Black Caucus has yet to call for Conyers’ resignation.
    “At the end of the day, I would suspect Pelosi would have to explain the difference between Franken and Conyers,” Reed said.

    — Especially since both of them are actually guilty of being pervs, unlike the smeared Judge Roy Moore, who by the way is leading again in his race for the Senate, where he will help President Trump continue to drain the Swamp.

  13. Having Roy Moore for Senator in Alabama will confirm every cousin-kissing-baby-marrying stereotype to be truer than they like to admit. Contrary to the statements of our contrary correspondent, or should I say mis-statements, the woman who was assaulted at 14 has been telling everybody who would listen for 30 years but when the man is a DA and then Supreme Court Judge your accusations don’t get much traction-this doesn’t make them untrue. The gossip and reports are years old and well-documented-and really unneeded. Roy wrote in a SCOTSOA decision that a child under 6 years old suffers no harm from being sodomized because they are “too young for it to have a lasting impression”. He wrot that ignorant shit and much more equally as reprehensible which is a major part of his expulsion from the Bench. GOP=GreedyOldPedophiles

  14. “They’re liberals,” Moore said. “They don’t want conservative values,” Moore said of the people he says are trying to ruin his campaign. “They are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender who want to change our culture. They are socialists who want to change our way of life and put man above God and the government is our God.”

    Amen, Roy.

    • Moore is the typical southern “Sunday Christian.” Goes to church every week; sits there all pious and smug, saying “Hallelujah!!” and “Amen,brother!!” in all the right places. Then he goes home, kicks the dog and molests his children. No wonder the wingnuts love him so much.

      • Those are some serious allegations, claude. Ever hear of slander?

        • @Margie – Yes, I’ve watched you commit it several times, along with libel and defamation. If my comment bothers you so much, proffer charges. The Gallatin Cnty Attorney might welcome a chance to change the focus away from his refusal to hold Gianforte accountable for the full scope of his criminal behavior.

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