Campaigns are ugly. Anyone who’s crazy enough to jump in one needs to know that and anyone who’s pushing them needs to learn the art of vetting. Clearly the Montana Democratic Party and its principals have forgotten this art. Yet here we are with less than ten days until the polls close on a special congressional race and Rob Quist just grew a few more warts. From way back East comes a story with plenty of foul smelling and years old garbage. To Quist and his family, all apologies. Someone should have locked you in a box for a week and picked you to pieces while doing some intensive record searching. This isn’t entirely on you. Meet up with John Walsh for a beer when it’s all said and done.
Is it really that bad? Quist has herpes, so does two thirds of the world’s population. Quist smoked pot. Less than half the US population has smoked pot- liars! This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, he was living on a bus and traveling to play music. And maybe his music career was going to take off and maybe it wasn’t. If only he could have been on ‘The Voice’ back then.
Back to the real problem. Party principals have now shown us their incompetence and inability to properly vet potential candidates as they continue to ride that merry-go-round of ‘same as it ever was’ and ‘this is what we’ve always done’. November has come and gone. The legislative session is over with no bonding bill. It’s time for fresh leadership to take control. It’s time for new blood. It’s time for the bold and the brave. Established party leadership has failed us and learned no lessons by the constant defeat. But the loss of Montana’s tier B races last November is the greatest example of all. Once you’ve finished Trump off with your torches and pitchforks be ready to turn them inward on the Democratic Party. Then again, you may not need to given the gasping for air and the death rattle in its throat.
But take heart. While you’re all wondering who will run for Governor in 2020 because there is no democratic bench of candidates and no grooming taking place, rumors are spreading. Word has it that Anthony Weiner is planning to establish residence in Montana in time to file. Weiner mentioned something about a call from Georgetown Lake. What could go wrong?