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The Governor of Montana had choice words for Mitt Romney today, saying that while he will probably win Montana, he will suffer in states where Latino votes are required for victory.
Schweitzer also made a somewhat unusual point: that Romney, who has degraded and insulted hispanics during his Republican primary, will be unable to discuss his personal Mexican heritage as a way of making himself more palatable to Latino voters.
Schweitzer, in the Huffington Post article, says he believes that Romney will shy away from discussing this interesting connection to Mexico. Why? The Mormon colony that Romney’s father was born into was a Polygamy colony. Indeed, Romney has four grandfathers, but dozens of grandmothers.
We will see if Schweitzer is right. Given his personality, it’s no stretch to envision Romney trying to convince voters that he is both a Mexican and an anti-immigrant American.
Look no further for proof that the actions of the current legislature are making Montana a national joke than this video. (Once again, Montana newspaper editors missed out on a great story.) You really must watch as Anderson Cooper schools TEA Party Lawmaker Bob Wagner (R-Harrison) on his birther bill for a look at how our TEA Party legislators represent Montana to the rest of America.
And a note to the rest of the nation, this legislator is but one of many who have proposed outrageous, unconstitutional, extreme and pointless legislation in Montana. If you’ve found this story, you’ve only scratched the surface.
The big political story of the legislative session could turn out to be the anticipated consequences in the next elections of the Montana GOP’s foray into extremism and nuttiness.
True, the negative sentiment nationally over the health care bill and the national economy helped elect a slate of not-ready-for-prime-time candidates. But local pundits are already discussing the potential impacts of the acute philosophical split within the party—basically, the inability of bedrock conservatives to reign in the utter lunatics—that will hand victories to Democrats in 2012 across the state.
At issue with the mangle-the-14th-amendment bill by James Knox (R-Billings), is birthright citizenship—the amendment’s guarantee that children born here are U.S. citizens. Remember that a couple of years ago big national GOP types like Lindsey Graham and John McCain were calling for comprehensive immigration reform. Knox’s bill is problematic in that it is so poorly written it could harm dual citizens American Indians, and of course, their kids.
In some cases, the bedrock conservatives are actually joining the nuts. After a secret plot came to light in Colorado this year for a UN take over of Denver plan to create bicycle paths, Montana’s own Ron Paul Wannabe, Sen. Dave Lewis (R-Helena) is proposing a bill to stop the TYRANNY and call for the US to withdraw from the UN. Down with facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and the continual work for increased peace.
Congressional attempts to withdraw from the U.N. have gone down in flames in the past. H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, a bill to end U.S. membership in the UN, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Texas Representative Ron Paul six times since 1997. The measures have all failed, and the list of co-sponsors dwindles each year, probably because of the problems that a lack of international cooperation could cause the economy.