Dems threatening lobbyists who back GOP with tax retribution

posted at 10:25 am on March 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats must be having a pretty bad fundraising season, on K Street as well as everywhere else.  Normally, a party with a good shot at holding power would expect big-ticket donors to flock to their outside groups and drop lots of money in order to curry favor.  This year, though, Democrats have abandoned a strategy of attracting donors in favor of threatening them, Politico reports:

Democrats on K Street are warning their corporate clients: Give to Republican challengers in the 2012 election, and you’ll regret it come tax reform time.

Lobbyists are getting that message from allies of powerful Democrats such as Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is closely watching support for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.

One K-Streeter close to the Baucus operation said the senator considers a gift to Rehberg a contribution against him. Another Democratic lobbyist told a client to take his name off a Rehberg fundraising event because it would be hurtful to his company, according to sources.

The case K-Streeters are making to their clients: It will be a hard sell next year to get Baucus’s support on business-friendly tax perks set to expire or the Bush-era tax cuts that must get through his committee.

Hmmm.  Is that how policy gets made in the era of Hope and Change? Correct answer — of course!  It’s pretty much how both parties fundraise off of K Street, by warning of the dire consequences of letting the other party take control of Congress and/or the White House.  Normally that gets framed in the context of the opposition’s platform, not personal payback for picking the wrong side.  This sounds a little more explicit than one would normally expect, but it’s really the same message, packaged in slightly different form.

However, this argument might be moot anyway.  Jim Pethokoukis notes that the Bush tax rates would be a goner in a second Barack Obama term, with no subsequent election to leash his inner tax-hiker — and that Obama would let all of the Bush tax rates expire:

It would have been the Mother of All Tax Hikes, a $3 trillion tax increase during shaky economic times. It would have broken a campaign promise not to raise taxes on middle-income Americans.

And President Obama was shockingly close to embracing such a plan back in 2009. And if he’s reelected in 2012, Obama may well reconsider the idea and let all the Bush tax cuts expire as they are scheduled to do in 2013.

At least, that’s the story — and prediction — told by journalist Noam Scheiber in his new book, The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery.

What is clear is that, having been tempted to end all of the Bush tax cuts in 2009, the president would only find the idea more attractive were he to win a second term. At that point, he will never again stand before the voters, at least not as a presidential candidate. There would be nothing to stop him from flouting a campaign promise, even one as sensitive as his tax pledge.

Perhaps most important of all, killing the entire zombie army of Bush tax breaks would be far, far easier than only slaying the upper-income portions. To pull off the former, Obama literally has to do nothing—the tax breaks are slated to expire on their own. To do the latter, he would have to pass legislation extending the middle-class elements. As a practical matter, that means rounding up majorities in the House and Senate, which seems unimaginable given the likely balance of power on Capitol Hill after the election. (There is a third option, which entails striking a deal with Republicans to junk the entire tax code and rebuild it from scratch, but it’s hard to envision this happening between Election Day and December 31.)

Seems to me that the real message to K Street — and everyone else — will be that the only way to avoid getting hammered with economy-killing tax hikes will be to replace as many Democrats as possible in the fall, starting at the White House and going all the way down to state legislatures.  That way, Baucus won’t be running the committee any longer, and Obama won’t have the opportunity to pass the biggest tax hike in American history.

Update: Hey, I committed an Obamateurism!  I meant “economy-killing tax hikes,” not cuts.  Mine was an error; I’m pretty sure Obama meant his literally.


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Malevolence.

ted c on March 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Haysoos Marimba, and to think that it was only a few short years ago when we were all promised that the insider backslapping swamp of good ol’ boy corruption was going to be drained by the demorat congress and the cool black president.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Nice business you have there…

HumpBot Salvation on March 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

“Flee Baggers; Mic Checks; Media Targets; Tax retribution.”

Why?

IT’S. WHAT. FASCISTS. DO.!

locomotivebreath1901 on March 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM


Seems to me that the real message to K Street — and everyone else… will be to replace as many Democrats as possible in the fall,

Yup!

Weight of Glory on March 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Drug dealers shooting clients for buying from someone else.

Elected officials threatening those who donate to their opposition.

I’m not sure there’s any moral difference.

Essentially what this means is that Congresspersons are saying “If you aren’t going to pay me for my influence, I’ll destroy you.” In most parts of the country, this is a crime.

BobMbx on March 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Barry keeps his campaign pledges? Who knew!

GarandFan on March 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

That makes ya go hmmm.
If its so bad the Baucus feels the need to threaten, well that just makes my day. People don’t like being threatened.

Its also the last stage to solidifying your power and dumping the peons that got you there, suddenly you are the pinnacle and everyone else is the enemy. Which way will it go? One thing is for sure, these Dems, er Communists will not go quietly.

orbitalair on March 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Seems to me that the real message to K Street — and everyone else — will be that the only way to avoid getting hammered with economy-killing tax cuts will be to replace as many Democrats as possible in the fall,

Uhh … typo?

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.

Please God make it so!

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Strangely enough, I can’t see Gandhi, Nelson Mandela pulling theses kinds of threatening tactics.

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

US Senators threatening private citizens.

Isn’t that a crime?

darwin on March 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

There were two guys on Fox & Friends this morning who just wrote a book called “Awakening the Sleeping Giant”. One of the authors correctly stated that the left does not debate, they attack.

So true, And this is just another perfect example.

UltimateBob on March 2, 2012 at 10:38 AM

They feel secure in their power. This is just the beginning.

I can’t wait till the pogroms and show trials!@

tom daschle concerned on March 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Lobbyists are getting that message from allies of powerful Democrats such as Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is closely watching support for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.

God Willing, it’s past time for Baucus to start occupying a rocking chair on his porch.

Tester and Baucus bring nothing but shame to the reputation of the Great state of Montana – God’s Country.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

That seems to be a fairly inexpensive message to get out without huge donations, win/win.

Cindy Munford on March 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

And all those Tea Party groups getting audit notices from the IRS — that’s probably just a coincidence, right?

AZCoyote on March 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Sounds like the “Chicago way” to me. How is this fundamentally different than what the mafia is known to do?

HotAirian on March 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Essentially what this means is that Congresspersons are saying “If you aren’t going to pay me for my influence, I’ll destroy you.” In most parts of the country, this is a crime.

BobMbx on March 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Apparently it’s business as usual for Democrats in Washington DC.

UltimateBob on March 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Saddam Hussein simply had dudes standing around with AK47′s to keep everyone in line, Baucus should take note.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

REPLACE,REPLACE REPLACE! This country is sick under the rule of men like these and will never get well ’til they’re gone.

jeanie on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Tester and Baucus bring nothing but shame to the reputation of the Great state of Montana – God’s Country.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Spent some time up in Kalispel a couple years ago and got the impression I was surrounded by a bunch of hippies. I take it that’s not indicative of the rest of MT?

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

They feel secure in their power. This is just the beginning.

I can’t wait till the pogroms and show trials!@

tom daschle concerned on March 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Offenders will be tried and immediately marched out to the waiting Dutch euthanasia van.

darwin on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Tester wanted to call a truce on PAC money ads, Rehberg said ok if we both agree to only take money from small inside Montana donations….Tester did not agree. Tells you all you need to know.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

OT: There are rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger died in an accident. Is this true?

flyfisher on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Washington D.C. has become Chicago.

itsspideyman on March 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

OT: There are rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger died in an accident. Is this true?

flyfisher on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Looks like a fake.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

OT: There are rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger died in an accident. Is this true?

flyfisher on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Well he was married to a Kennedy.

But I believe it’s a fake meant to steer you toward a spam site.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Spent some time up in Kalispel a couple years ago and got the impression I was surrounded by a bunch of hippies. I take it that’s not indicative of the rest of MT?

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

California flight, unfortunately it is working it’s way into many parts of the state. Biggest problem is (as with most places) the Universities in Bozeman and Missoula, and Union towns like Butte.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

This is exactly the sort of intimidation we need to stand up to and it needs to have exactly the opposite of the intended impact. Stuff like this needs to result in ADDITIONAL donations.

crosspatch on March 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The core of the left is pure slime.

rplat on March 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

OT: There are rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger died in an accident. Is this true?

flyfisher on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Looks like a fake.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Yep. My aunt just emailed back to tell me it’s a bogus story. She works for a House member from California. She said her office went into a frenzy because they thought it was true.

flyfisher on March 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Unbelievable place. We absolutely loved it out there. You don’t really get the whole “big sky” thing living in Jersey until you experience it.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

That way, Baucus won’t be running the committee any longer, and Obama won’t have the opportunity to pass the biggest tax hike in American history.

With a little bit of luck and some sane unification among the various GOP camps, Obama will be back in Chicago bugging Rahm Emanuel for a job.

But that is going to take some changes as the GOP nears finding a nominee. I’m sick and tired of supporters of [X] swearing to the Almighty that they will stay home if their guy isn’t picked. I’m sick and tired of hearing that Obama is a surefire winner if [Y] is the nominee because he is unelectable. Bottom line, Republicans should have common cause in wanting to defeat Obama and Democrats in general. That takes more than a little bit of rational compromise among all the various GOP camps and I simply do not see that even though it is hard to believe that anybody supporting the GOP really would rather see Obama win just because they are at odds with the GOP ticket.

Happy Nomad on March 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

US Senators threatening private citizens.

Isn’t that a crime?

darwin on March 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Apparently not with the Downgrade Administration.

I’m sure it’s all for the ‘common good’ or ‘for the children’, so that makes it Okay.

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Ah, the fascism of the Left rears its ugly head once again.

rbj on March 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The insurance policy against an Obama election? A larger and much more conservative GOP.

Down-ticket voting may well be more important than the presidential/VP ticket. About as important? Increasing the Tea Party caucus so that the GOP actually develops a backbone.

AnonymousDrivel on March 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Money isn’t going to fund it’s own funeral. All this tells me is the progressive left’s revenue stream has dried up, and it’s desperate. I am embarrassed with Montana’s representation in the United States Senate. Apparently neither are bright enough to figure out, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Your chickens are lonely for you Tester, they want to come home to roost LOL!

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Was under impression that Mont was a conservative state in general. If so, why do they tolerate Baucus? Guess I’ve misjudged Mont? Can some one set me straight?

jeanie on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Unbelievable place. We absolutely loved it out there. You don’t really get the whole “big sky” thing living in Jersey until you experience it.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

You should see the view out my window….(rubs it in):)
Wish we had more jobs to offer so you could move here and keep conservative level up. It’s a long wait for spring though…..

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Nice facelift Bauchus. Is that covered under Obamacare?

earlgrey133 on March 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Was under impression that Mont was a conservative state in general. If so, why do they tolerate Baucus? Guess I’ve misjudged Mont? Can some one set me straight?

jeanie on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

There are pockets of old hippie conclaves especially around the State Universities. That, and my home state has gotten a steady stream of Californians migrating into the state. In Texas they call them transplants. In Montana we have another name for them ;)

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

God Willing, it’s past time for Baucus to start occupying a rocking chair on his porch.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I would submit that he deserves a less than Superterranean send off.

DevilsPrinciple on March 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It’s a long wait for spring though…..

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

That’s what keeps me away. Married a Georgia girl and Jersey is about as cold as she’ll tolerate.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I know who is supporting Rep. Denny Rehberg, and he’s got the money backing to take out Tester.

Baucus basically painted a target on his back at home when he facilitated the passing of Obamacare.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Dr. Evil–NH has the same problem with MA and VT so do understand. We need to purge some of ours, Shaheen for one.

jeanie on March 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Tester wanted to call a truce on PAC money ads, Rehberg said ok if we both agree to only take money from small inside Montana donations….Tester did not agree. Tells you all you need to know.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Which is funny because I am always getting hit with spam about how Rehberg is getting big corporation support.

Montana is a conservative state, you just have to find us amongst the liberals that have moved here!

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

But, but, the smart folks here tell us there is no difference between the parties.

cozmo on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Was under impression that Mont was a conservative state in general. If so, why do they tolerate Baucus? Guess I’ve misjudged Mont? Can some one set me straight?

jeanie on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

We’ve been asking that for years and years and years and…well you get the picture. Best answer as to why Baucus stays…it’s the Money. Ad money, pork money. It’s kind of like Alaska, hard with such a big state to support infrastructure without Fed dollars and with Baucus senority he knows how to pull the right strings. It sickens me.

In 2010 had a big reversal in the Legistlature, unfortunately we were still stuck with a horses pitutie as a Governor and he Vetoed almost everything, as I said earlier in the thread, California flight has started turning our state purple in tone and there are pockets of liberal esp. Missoula (we call it the Berkley of MT)
and lots of grandfathers democrat party types as well- mostly Union mining and forestry types. Sorry to paint with a broad brush, JMO.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

But, but, the smart folks here tell us there is no difference between the parties.

cozmo on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

There are “Oil” folks in Montana, and Farmer Fred Tester, isn’t smart enough to get on the right side of them so he’s looking to get himself replaced. It’s not about party affiliations it’s about MONEY.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You don’t really get the whole “big sky” thing living in Jersey until you experience it.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I noticed the same thing when I moved to North Dakota from Virginia. You understand why it’s called “big sky” country up here when you finally see it yourself.

gravityman on March 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

And last I checked, this was called a “protection racket” when the mafia does it… it’s also illegal when the mafia does it…

gravityman on March 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

There are pockets of old hippie conclaves especially around the State Universities. That, and my home state has gotten a steady stream of Californians migrating into the state. In Texas they call them transplants it Austin. In Montana we have another name for them ;)

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

FIFY ;)

WhaleBellied on March 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

In Montana we have another name for them ;)

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

LOL! It’s still not all that safe to drive around with California plates on your car in certain areas.

old joke.

? What’s the biggest export out of Montana?

Answer- California Whiners, (It’s soooooo cold, the winters are toooo looooong.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

We’ve been asking that for years and years and years and…well you get the picture. Best answer as to why Baucus stays…it’s the Money. Ad money, pork money. It’s kind of like Alaska, hard with such a big state to support infrastructure without Fed dollars and with Baucus senority he knows how to pull the right strings. It sickens me.

Perfectly said and exactly why my family voted for Baucus. Right now they are solidly behind Rehberg.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Democrats just loves them some thuggery. Hey that’s nice business you have there, hate to see something happen to it.

Vindictive SOBs; if they can’t have what they want, nobody can.

SteveInRTP on March 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The BillyJeff “Sic the IRS on ‘em!” directive comes to mind.
(democrat abuse of power … naaaaaaa)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

But, but, the smart folks here tell us there is no difference between the parties.

cozmo on March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Remember Jack Abramoff? Remember Conrad Burns (R) MT., trying to give back “MONEY” to a Montana Indian Tribe, that they didn’t take the MONEY from in the first place?

It’s not about Political Parties it’s about MONEY.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Montana is a conservative state, you just have to find us amongst the liberals that have moved here!

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Yep.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I noticed the same thing when I moved to North Dakota from Virginia. You understand why it’s called “big sky” country up here when you finally see it yourself.

gravityman on March 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Must be because the trees just aren’t the “right height” out here in the east.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Remember Jack Abramoff? Remember Conrad Burns (R) MT., trying to give back “MONEY” to a Montana Indian Tribe, that they didn’t take the MONEY from in the first place?

It’s not about Political Parties it’s about MONEY.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Say what you want about Conrad, he did a lot for the cattlemen and without him Billings wouldn’t be at the level for health care that it is.

I would still take Burns over Baucus.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Dr – where are you, can u say.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

… will be that the only way to avoid getting hammered with economy-killing tax cuts …

Wait what?

Oxymoron on March 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Spent some time up in Kalispel a couple years ago and got the impression I was surrounded by a bunch of hippies. I take it that’s not indicative of the rest of MT?

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Kalispell is the north end of Flat Head Lake we had folks come in from the outside developers from places like Nevada and Florida. From memory late 80s early 90s, they sunk a bunch of money into development on Flat Head Lake, you know condos, and sh1t like that.
Lot’s of Californians left the mess they made of California, cashed out their houses, and retired up in places like Flat Head Lake area. The result for the native Montanans, they ran up property value, and property taxes, their bored kids would get into more mischief, resulting in law enforcement having to hire more people.

There is quite the culture clash between Montanans and Californians up in Montana. Montana is a steward based culture, Californians not so much.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Our problem here folks, is that that many in the democratic base are perfectly fine with this kind of thuggery and intimidation, as long as it advances the cause. We need to understand that one of the parties doesn’t give a damn for the Constitution, or Rule of Law, all they care about is the cause.

This is why there’s a ratchet effect in our society. A conservative judge respects the law no matter the outcome, because that’s his nature. A proggie judge bends the law because the cause comes first. Click, click, click. They are relentless and patient.

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Remember Jack Abramoff? Remember Conrad Burns (R) MT., trying to give back “MONEY” to a Montana Indian Tribe, that they didn’t take the MONEY from in the first place?

It’s not about Political Parties it’s about MONEY.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Say what you want about Conrad, he did a lot for the cattlemen and without him Billings wouldn’t be at the level for health care that it is.

I would still take Burns over Baucus.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Ambramoff scandal was how Tester squeaked in, Dr Evil looks like we are mirroring each other in the reasons for Baucus and Conrad.

Yes, akerralls Burns did bring the bacon back to the state for healthcare, technology… (full disclosure, I grew up in Blgs. know Mrs. Burns from my childhood.) But he did get IMO corrupted by all that money and power. Unfortunately it happens to most or all of them… Term limits sounds like a good solution to me.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Dr – where are you, can u say.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I am north of Dallas, I am from Missoula, Montana. We retired at my husband’s last duty station. My husband is an Army Veteran over 27 years in service.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Sounds like you know lots of the truth, I also have inside info, but can’t say why. It’s tempting though.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Seems to me that the real message to K Street — and everyone else — will be that the only way to avoid getting hammered with economy-killing tax cuts hikes will be to replace as many Democrats as possible in the fall, starting at the White House and going all the way down to state legislatures.

.
It’s the ONLY way to be sure!

ExpressoBold on March 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

How’s that Billion Bux comin’?

Rosemary Kelly on March 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yes, akerralls Burns did bring the bacon back to the state for healthcare, technology… (full disclosure, I grew up in Blgs. know Mrs. Burns from my childhood.) But he did get IMO corrupted by all that money and power. Unfortunately it happens to most or all of them… Term limits sounds like a good solution to me.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

He did and it is a shame, from what I hear from people who knew him he was a good guy.

So are you still in MT?

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

But he did get IMO corrupted by all that money and power. Unfortunately it happens to most or all of them… Term limits sounds like a good solution to me.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I was thinking this the other day. Generally, most of these folks go to Washington and get corrupted to some extent (with a few exceptions obviously). We all know how it happens, cocktail parties, closed door meetings, lobbyists, etc.

Seems to me the problem is the geography. Too much influence per square mile.

We need to eliminate the physical capital and force representatives to live and work in their own districts and hold meetings and House and Senate sessions by teleconference. That way we can keep a closer eye on these critters. We have the technology to make it possible. Heck, it would save us billions in flight costs alone.

Lost in Jersey on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Sounds like you know lots of the truth, I also have inside info, but can’t say why. It’s tempting though.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Yep I try to keep my family and friends out of my comments also :)

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

He did and it is a shame, from what I hear from people who knew him he was a good guy.

So are you still in MT?

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Yes, a shame, yes a pretty good guy, could have been smarter imo, some family tragedy, His health not so good.

Yes, still in MT. escaped Missoula after 16yrs to the Bitterroot Valley, they think we are all Militia men down here…let em it keeps out the riff raff.:)

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Fascism! (I’m sure Eric Holder is already preparing charges…)

elfman on March 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Employers are not required to by law to do business in any particular state and may announce to their employees that they have been threatened by their senator with tax reprisals for supporting a republican and that they are planning to move the operation to a less threatening state or just go into another business some where else and if a democrat wins start shutting down and put a i told you so in their termination notice.

dunce on March 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Do you know something I dont. :)

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Yes, still in MT. escaped Missoula after 16yrs to the Bitterroot Valley, they think we are all Militia men down here…let em it keeps out the riff raff.:)

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Beautiful place to live! We have family out over that way. Hopefully when we retire we can go that way too.

I am in Eastern MT.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I’m not a lawyer, so someone help me out here. Isn’t this extortion? And doesn’t extortion violate RICO? I’d like to hear Rudy Giuliani’s take on this. He is after all the one who finally got the big time mobsters like John Gotti and sent them to prison on RICO violations.

Kim Priestap on March 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I am in Eastern MT.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Know it well. How’s the wind today… lol

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Know it well. How’s the wind today… lol

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Yeah, the wind and the lack of mountains, my least favorite aspects of life here. But on the upside not as much snow.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If someone made this threat, why aren’t they being hauled off to jail, as I type this?

MNHawk on March 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

We are all Chicagoans now.

jukin3 on March 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Do you know something I dont. :)

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I have family down in the Stevensville, and Florence area.

We are probably on the same page.

It’s no secret that Bill Nooney Jr., was the State Representative for Lolo district. He didn’t run for reelection though.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I’m curious: does the ranking minority member of the Senate Finance have that much clout?

Because that’s what the good Senator Baucus is likely to be as of January.

He’s a mighty brave man dissing the moneybags if he’s going to be in the minority.

Steve White on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

“. . .hammered with economy-killing tax cuts . . .”

Hikes! Not cuts.

starboardhelm on March 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Yeah, the wind and the lack of mountains, my least favorite aspects of life here. But on the upside not as much snow.

akerralls on March 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

my last OT comment – Best Last Place – Chico Hot Springs,(you can still drink in the pool:)

Baucus has a history of threat’s should be hauled off.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I have family down in the Stevensville, and Florence area.

We are probably on the same page.

It’s no secret that Bill Nooney Jr., was the State Representative for Lolo district. He didn’t run for reelection though.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Oooh you are trying to get me, the bait is tempting.
Your family are my neighbors, could be out my back door.

MontanaMmmm on March 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

When the air is really cold, you can actually see things in the distance that should be under the horizon. Enjoy that ‘big sky’ country!

WhatNot on March 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This is how bold Dems get when they know the MSM won’t report this. And they know that if the GOP did this it would be broadcast as corruption.

Seems to me that the real message to K Street — and everyone else — will be that the only way to avoid getting hammered with economy-killing tax cuts hikes will be to replace as many Democrats as possible in the fall,

FIFY

goflyers on March 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Wasted effort by the Democrats. Whatever bills the Senate drafts to zing the donors donating to the GOP will be stopped in the House.

timberline on March 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Gee and I thought all the thugs were from Chicago!!!

bflat879 on March 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Gee and I thought all the thugs were from Chicago!!!

bflat879 on March 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Apparently Baucus and Tester have become creatures of D.C.- this is another example of why term limits should be given a try.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

If Obama wins a second term, we will have no protection against his depredations. None. Unless we sweep his power base out of office as well.

RebeccaH on March 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Tester and Baucus bring nothing but shame to the reputation of the Great state of Montana – God’s Country.

Yes. Thank the idiots in Bozeman, Missoula, Helena and Great Falls. Those idiots try to wreck the whole state with their votes.

SilverDeth on March 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Gee and I thought all the thugs were from Chicago!!!

bflat879 on March 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

They are Montanans only in the loosest possible sense.

SilverDeth on March 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

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