Democratic primary voters in some Montana legislative districts will see new and unfamiliar names on the ballot this year. That’s because at least eight Democratic candidates are actually far-right “constitutionalists” and Tea Party activists. One of them is the current Republican vice-chairman for Sanders County. Two of the others have turned out to be homeless.
Most of the activity has occurred in Gallatin County, where Bozeman is the main population center and county seat. The county is home not only to Montana State University but also a variety of extremist elements. Key members of the radical Montana Freemen group were active there in the 1990s.
Chief among the new crop of candidates is Michael Comstock, a well-known local Tea Party activist and antigovernment “Patriot” movement organizer who has run previously as a Republican. This year, he filed to run in the Democratic primary for the state Senate seat in District 24, a seat currently held by Republican incumbent Roger Webb, who is running for re-election.
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Economic stability is the top concern for Americans, and polls confirm that a majority trusts Republicans more than Democrats to handle our recovery. Despite this advantage, Republicans were again rejected in the last election as voters grew fed up with ill-informed pandering on social policy. In just one generation, a fundamentalist platform and extreme candidates transformed the GOP from a vibrant national party to a regional one that speaks mostly to and for religious conservatives and “old white men.” This ignores changing demographics and cannot sustain the GOP, much less propel it back into the majority.
Read: Social Crusades Poisoning Republican Brand
Every once in a while, Republicans forget the first rule of being a parasite: Hide. For a while, they prospered in the relative obscurity of doing nothing, contributing nothing, and obstructing all attempts by the Obama administration to do Something, at the behest of their ultra-wealthy masters who don’t need and don’t want American government to work (or even really exist). Like barnacles on the Ship of State, they were known in the general public largely by the constant drag on progress they exerted, which had the ironic – and for them, desirable – effect of being blamed on the guy at the wheel.
For most people, the Republican Party’s brazen corruption, hypocrisy, and treasonous lust to punish the nation for voting against them was an unseen irritant that only served to increase their annoyance with the President for not acting as though the difference in visibility were a difference in power. And then Republicans went ahead and reminded everyone that, yes, they are The Problem, and have been The Problem all along. At a time of economic hardship created by them and exacerbated by their refusal to pass any form of economic stimulus in years, they’ve opened the taxpayer spigot to fish for scandals to benefit themselves, and are publicly making a spectacle of the fact that they consider the US government their private property. Thanks for the reality check …
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