Uh oh: Montana Democrat accused of plagiarism drops out of Senate race

posted at 7:21 pm on August 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

It’s rare that an incumbent senator declining to run is bad news for the other party but there’s no way to spin this as happy for the GOP, right? Walsh was down by double digits in a solidly red state when the NYT dropped that plagiarism bomb on him. He was dead in the water. Whoever ends up replacing him as nominee will be stronger — maybe much stronger.

The GOP may need to work for this one now. A little.

“I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator,” Walsh said in a statement to supporters. “You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.”

The Montana Democratic Party now will choose a replacement for Walsh to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, along with Republican Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian Roger Roots.

The party has to select a new Senate candidate at a nominating convention by Aug. 20.

Monday is the deadline to withdraw, which makes me wonder who leaked that oppo research to the Times about Walsh’s plagiarism last month. I think people assumed at the time it was his Republican opponent, Steve Daines, who did it, but the timing made no sense. Daines surely would have waited until the deadline passed and it was too late for Walsh to drop out. More likely it was some Democrat who leaked it knowing that Walsh was a sure loser in November and realizing that they had to act quickly so Walsh could be forced out before the deadline and replaced with someone more formidable.

Speaking of which, the early favorite:

Two Montana Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the party was eyeing Nancy Keenan, a former head of Naral Pro-Choice America, to become the party’s nominee this fall against the Republican nominee, Representative Steve Daines. Ms. Keenan has had conversations about the prospect with state Democrats, but she did not return messages seeking comment…

One Democrat in the state noted that Ms. Keenan had a “national profile and national network” that would help her raise money quickly to give the party at least a chance to make the race competitive. Though Montana is a conservative-leaning state, it leans more libertarian on social issues like abortion.

With Mr. Walsh as the candidate, independent analysts had rated the seat a likely pickup for the Republicans. While Ms. Keenan, if nominated, may not ultimately be able to retain the seat first won by Mr. Baucus in 1978, strategists believe that she would at least draw financial support and not be a drag on the rest of the party’s ticket. With Mr. Daines vacating his House post to run for the Senate, Democrats believe they have a chance to pick up the state’s at-large House seat. A number of contested state legislative contests are also on the ballot.

I know, I know — a NARAL chief as nominee in a red, rural state? It made no sense to me either but apparently Montana’s not quite as anti-abortion as some of its red-state cousins. Besides, as the Times describes it, it sounds like Democrats are focused less on Keenan winning than on her running a solid enough race for them to steal Daines’s vacant House seat down ballot. She’s low-risk and potentially high-reward.

But what about Brian Schweitzer? Former governor, high name recognition, flirted with running against Daines before — he’s a natural replacement, especially since the Dems wouldn’t need to waste time introducing him to voters. Ed had the same instinct when he wrote about Walsh recently although he thought Schweitzer’s comments about having a “gaydar” and wondering if Eric Cantor was guy might have hurt him too much. Eh, I don’t know. Isn’t shooting his mouth off part of Schweitzer’s routine shtick, something Montanans are used to? Democrats can forgive anything if it means having a shot at a seat they had written off on a night when they’re at risk of being swamped. Schweitzer might be more inclined to run now too. Winning this seat would be a fast track to redemption with Democrats nationally, and if he’s semi-serious about primarying Hillary, showing he can beat the GOP in a red state when Republicans are poised to win big elsewhere is a good way to build support. Guess we’ll see.

I have no video to accompany this post so instead here’s Pelosi’s top deputy, House minority whip Steny Hoyer, reassuring an audience of African leaders that he doesn’t whip people. Wait, what?

Update: Oh well.


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Bishop on August 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

the party was eyeing Nancy Keenan, a former head of Naral Pro-Choice America

She’s already lined up Kermit Gosnell’s endorsement.

rbj on August 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

If only Todd Akin had been that smart.

Red Widow on August 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

a shameless lot. nothing is beyond them.

acyl72 on August 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Montana Democrat accused of plagiarism drops out of Senate race

Meanwhile, serial plagiarist Joe Biden is still putting the vice in Vice President.

itsnotaboutme on August 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

The former head of NARAL shouldn’t be competitive anywhere other than a blue state.

cat_owner on August 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

An unabashed lying, cheating democrat…he could have gone far!

trs on August 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

It’s rare that an incumbent senator declining to run is bad news for the other party but there’s no way to spin this as happy for the GOP, right? Walsh was down by double digits in a solidly red state when the NYT dropped that plagiarism bomb on him. He was dead in the water. Whoever ends up replacing him as nominee will be stronger — maybe much stronger.

The GOP may need to work for this one now. A little.

Allahpundit on August 7, 2014 at 7:21 PM

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So, he defied orders, and tried to stay in the race anyhow … when will they ever learn.

listens2glenn on August 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

What, wait? Isn’t blatant plagiarism a resume enhancer for Dems? Just ask Ned Pepper. Or Joe Biden.

Of course, Walsh was a “moderate” i.e. had been in the military, so clearly is An Enemy of the State. Much better to run someone who bathes in the blood of aborted babies, like Wendy Davis and this NARAL chick.

Vanceone on August 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Well at least he has more time to plagiarize others comments and drop them into comment sections under his pseudonym Ned Pepper.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Two Montana Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the party was eyeing Nancy Keenan, a former head of Naral Pro-Choice America,

What, is it too late for Wendy Davis to move to MT?

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

The former head of NARAL shouldn’t be competitive anywhere other than a blue state.

cat_owner on August 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

FIFY.

Alas, what shouldn’t be tends to come about entirely too easily..

Gingotts on August 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

One down five to go….

sorrowen on August 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

What, is it too late for Wendy Davis to move to MT?

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I’d rather keep her here, until after the election. Then, I’ll gladly pay her one-way ticket and moving expenses to Montana or even, say, Gaza.

TXUS on August 7, 2014 at 7:50 PM

We’re going to need a bigger shoehorn for the Dem clown car…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Allah, is there ANYTHING that can be done on those feckin’ autoplay videos? Even tweaking the URL would be a Godsend…

Thank you in advance for your help in this matter!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

This is seat is SAFE GOP now. Keenan is too far left for the state.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

NARAL has some pretty extreme positions. I would hang them around that evil feminazi’s neck.

WannabeAnglican on August 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

This is seat is SAFE GOP now. Keenan is too far left for the state.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I hope you are right.

V7_Sport on August 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Stupid Hoyer! That whip joke went over like a lead balloon. He might as well have told an Ebola joke.

Brat on August 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Maybe this guy can be VP.

Bigbullets on August 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Another Wendy Davis mayhap?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Maybe it’s finally the Democrats turn to cry. Zinke looks good to take the House seat, and Daines is riding a tsunami.

claudius on August 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

MT has been destroyed by the infestation of Kalifornia Kommies who have jacked property ‘values’ through the roof while voting for Democrats. Shameful. Disgusting.

Tard on August 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

He did the right thing. You can’t say that for any Dems in the administration.

J.B. Say on August 7, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Tard on August 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

There have always been a lot of Democrat voters in Montana. Just look at the number of Democrat Senators. It goes way back.

claudius on August 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Meth

RushBaby on August 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM

wondering if Eric Cantor was guy might have hurt him too much

Wait, Cantor was a tranny?

blammm on August 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I have no video to accompany this post so instead here’s Pelosi’s top deputy, House minority whip Steny Hoyer, reassuring an audience of African leaders that he doesn’t whip people. Wait, what?

I too laughed out loud at that AP. Thx for reading my mind.

athenadelphi on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

There have always been a lot of Democrat voters in Montana. Just look at the number of Democrat Senators. It goes way back.

claudius on August 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

My mind is closed to facts, I was just venting.

Tard on August 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Tard:

I moved here 5 months ago. I’ve already heard native Montanans complain about al the fruits, flakes and nuts that have moved here from the clogged sewer of a state known as KKKalifornia. What’s worse, Mrs. CH has become friends with one of them! UGH!!!

conservative hispanic on August 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

a shameless lot. nothing is beyond them.

acyl72 on August 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

so you will be demanding rand paul’s resignation… when?

triple on August 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

The only bad thing about Walsh resigning is that I won’t be able to vote against him in November. SIGH……

conservative hispanic on August 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

a shameless lot. nothing is beyond them.

acyl72 on August 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

so you will be demanding rand paul’s resignation… when?

triple on August 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Sure will. When Biden resigns and the “commander in chief” resigned for being AWOL for 9 hours on 9/11/2013.

acyl72 on August 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

The party has to select a new Senate candidate at a nominating convention by Aug. 20

Deadline? For Democrats??? Surely you jest, that’s only for Republicans and other little people.

Ukiah on August 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Sorry to see him quit since he was gonna lose. Now we’ll have to see who the dim bulbs find to replace him. They will have a convention to pick someone next week. My guess is Schweitzer. He’s really the only one with enough state wide recognition and money to have a chance of beating Daines. I do find it difficult to imagine that the dims are clever enough to have planned this all along if Walsh was behind at this point in the race but after what happened in MS, I’m not so sure. Did we ever hear who uncovered the dirt and leaked to the NYT?

Kissmygrits on August 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

it leans more libertarian on social issues like abortion

Wow, if I were a libertarian, I would be suing for slander over that statement. It is NOT libertarian to advocate murder, so far as I know.

GWB on August 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Research and scholarship have been getting worse and worse, and the articles that people draw on to do research, too, have suffered in recent years. When merit ruled the day, the best candidates had access to the best research, with the best help to cull the choice bits and the best help to get it into a published form.

Today, when you assemble a bunch of quotes from the internet, and tie it up with some string, you have something to hand in. If you have a lazy advisor not a true scholar watching over your work, heck, nobody except your committee, and hey, maybe they are lazy too, might read it.

Of course…there is always Turn it In, but someone has to actually do the work.

This is the result of thinking that “anyone can be a scholar,” “anyone can write code,” “anyone can analyze a tax return,” all you need is a “certificate” that makes you equal…we want to remember that the Scarecrow, actually DID have a brain.

Fleuries on August 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM