Bad news for Montana Democrats: The Dude does not abide

posted at 6:41 pm on August 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

I only mention this development in the midst of other important stories because … sometimes there’s a man. I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here. Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.

But not in the race for Senate in Montana, dude:

An online draft effort is underway in Montana to draft actor Jeff Bridges — known for his role as The Dude in the cult classic, The Big Lebowski — to replace the embattled Democratic Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November.

A Facebook page — Jeff Bridges for Montana U.S. Senator — had nearly 4,000 likes as of Tuesday morning. It bills itself as the “Montana citizen’s movement to draft Jeff Bridges to run for the Montana U.S. senate seat.”

Jeff Bridges taking the place of John Walsh, who just exited after the New York Times published allegations of plagiarism in relation to his 2007 master’s thesis at the Army War College? He could really tie the Democrats together, even if no one knows whether Bridges would offer any real substance to a run for office. He may be a good man, and thorough when it comes to his acting roles, but it’s not like Bridges eats and sleeps politics. It’s like what Lenin said — you look for the person who would benefit, and, uh … uh … you know what I’m trying to say. And what Montana Democrats hoped to do, too.

Anyway, Bridges has an answer to those who posted the effort on Facebook — they can [expletive] unpost it, as he told Howard Stern:

“I looked down and I see this thing ‘Jeff Bridges for Senator’ and I said, ‘What?’ … There’s a group of people that have called in and want me to run for senator of Montana, like 1,000 people, and I said, ‘Sue?’” Bridges said. “And she looks at me and says, ‘Don’t even think about it.’”

Perhaps she really said, “Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.” It’s just as well. When one runs for a seat in the US Senate, one has to buck up. You cannot drag this negative energy into the election.

As for Democrats in Montana, they have just a few days before their convention, when they have to find a candidate who will run in Walsh’s place for Baucus’ open seat. Republican Steve Daines already has a large lead and plenty of cash on hand to use in a general election, while Democrats are still trying to track down someone to lose badly in November against Daines. They claim to have some leads on a solution — in fact, they have four detectives working in shifts! — but the attempt to draft Bridges shows the level of desperation present in the party over their predicament.

Of course, this is their own fault. This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps to appoint to an open seat. The effort to hold onto Baucus’ seat looks a lot like this:


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You want a Senate seat? I’ll get you a Senate seat. In three hours.

You don’t wanna know…

JohnGalt23 on August 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I’d rather think of him as Rooster Cogburn.

“Fill your hands!”

Akzed on August 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

As in Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

He installed their cable?

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I think we safely put Montana in the “pickup” column.

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

UGHS!!

canopfor on August 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

*can safely put

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Lol

sorrowen on August 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

More GOP infighting. I like it.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM

An online draft effort is underway in Montana to draft actor Jeff Bridges — known for his role as The Dude in the cult classic, The Big Lebowski — to replace the embattled Democratic Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November.

A Facebook page — Jeff Bridges for Montana U.S. Senator — had nearly 4,000 likes as of Tuesday morning. It bills itself as the “Montana citizen’s movement to draft Jeff Bridges to run for the Montana U.S. senate seat.”

AxelDouche.

That’s what this is.

We should coin that phrase: “Quit AxelDouching” a/k/a throwing a pair of sh*t stained underpants at a wall to see if it might “stick”.

AxelDouchage. Learn to recognize it.

Key West Reader on August 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Nothing to see here..

Only fearmongering and scaring the populace

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Lol. I got nothing.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

A Senate seat? They sell for like 300, maybe even $500,000 in Chicago. It’s a f****** valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.

trubble on August 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Maybe they can have Autobahn play at the campaign kickoff – it would only be fitting since Democrats are nihilists who believe in nussing.

stout77 on August 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

How stupid do you have to be to think someone should be a politician just because you saw him in the movies. Those who spend their time following celebrities need to get out into the real world and get a real life and focus on real people.

crankyoldlady on August 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Nothing to see here..

Only fearmongering and scaring the populace

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Ned Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band… we hope you will enjoy some blow…

Ned Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band… sit back and let the evening go….

Ned Pepper’s Lonely, Ned Pepper’s Lonely, Ned Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

/

Key West Reader on August 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM

“no one knows whether Bridges would offer any real substance to a run for office.”

That hasn’t bothered the Demos since ’56.

I’d rather think of him as Rooster Cogburn.

“Fill your hands!”

Akzed on August 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

There’s only one and it ain’t him.

formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

LOL…….in the parlance of our time.

tru2tx on August 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

As in Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I am the Walrus?

Gingotts on August 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

OT, or not

Minnesota/Connecticut primary results

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 6:56 PM

“You mean… coitus?”

Chuck Schick on August 12, 2014 at 6:56 PM

How stupid do you have to be to think someone should be a politician just because you saw him in the movies. Those who spend their time following celebrities need to get out into the real world and get a real life and focus on real people.

crankyoldlady on August 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM

It’s an AxelDouche Stunt.

Ignore it. It will go away.

Like that Raquel Pinkbullet … thing.

Key West Reader on August 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Bad news for the USA

Obama Admin Released More Than 600 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions…

‘Homeland Security’ broke law…

PEW: More than 60% of Hondurans in USA Illegals…

– Drudge

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

This is Ed’s greatest post ever. Simply genius. The Dude abides.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

“No sir, I don’t like it”. — Mr. Horse

Tard on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

This is Ed’s greatest post ever. Simply genius. The Dude abides.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Thanks! Gotta admit, this is the most fun I’ve had all week …

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Well, he did get his Credence cassette back after the wreck so anything’s possible…

celt on August 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Bad news for the USA

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Yeah.. well, that’s just like, your opinion, man…

JohnGalt23 on August 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

..er stolen car..dude.. ‘(

celt on August 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

His career is very hot right now. Why would he give it up? Plus, except for owning a vacation home, he has no ties to Montana.

Blake on August 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

There’s only one and it ain’t him.
formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Can’t we like em both?!

Just saw the Coens’ version again last week, it’s awesome. Also one of The Duke’s greatest roles. The Duke… The Dude… to everything there is a season.

Akzed on August 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Montana Democrats are trying to get a Clu.

Flange on August 12, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Mark it won, dude!

islandman78 on August 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

This is Ed’s greatest post ever. Simply genius. The Dude abides.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Thanks! Gotta admit, this is the most fun I’ve had all week …

Ed Morrissey on August 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

ED M: Lol————————-:0

canopfor on August 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

“What’s a Harry Reid, Walter?” — Donny

ShainS on August 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

“No sir, I don’t like it”. — Mr. Horse
Tard on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

No sir, I am a real horse.

Cliff by the Ford on August 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Hahaha oh heck yeah! I’d bite, how could the DUDE be any worse than any other Democrat?
Just kidding! :D.
Thanks for the laugh Ed.

Bakokitty on August 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

“What’s a Harry Reid, Walter?” — Donny

ShainS on August 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM
Shut up Donny!

Bakokitty on August 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

“Shut up, Barry.” -The Dude’s Chief of Staff

Akzed on August 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

I may be the only human on earth who’s never seen that movie. And people have been telling me forever that I remind them of that character. Whatever.

Anyway, why don’t the Dems just draft Ashley Judd? She seems to have more fire in the belly, and no qualms about carpet bagging, jumping states, or even countries.

WhatSlushfund on August 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Walter Sobchak for Senator.

NOT Jeffrey Lebowski

portlandon on August 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Is Ted Turner still alive — or, at least, able to meet the minimum qualification of drooling?

Don’t know if he still has a huge ranch up in Montana (apparently many celebs do), but they should run him just for the entertainment value alone …

ShainS on August 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

He installed fixes their cable?

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Sorry for being pedantic, but that is probably my favorite movie quote of all time.

-Sometimes, you eat the bar and sometimes the bar eats you.

-What is that some sort of eastern thing?

-Far from it dude.

Awesome post Ed.

torerodrizzle on August 12, 2014 at 7:16 PM

WhatSlushfund on August 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM
Go watch this movie……then you’ll get it. :)

Bakokitty on August 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

“No sir, I don’t like it”. — Mr. Horse

Tard on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Call the police!

trubble on August 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain.

portlandon on August 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

To me, he’ll always be Kevin Flynn from Tron.

Shump on August 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.

VengeanceIsMine on August 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Bridges would be a fool to get involved in politics now. He’s at the height of his career. Reagan’s movie days were long behind him, Al Franken had no career left and the change was needed, same with TV’s “Gopher” Fred Grandy, same for Sonny Bono. But politics would be ending Jeff Bridges’ movie career just as he’s getting all sorts of roles he never got when he was younger. Politics is a last career change, not one you jump into when your primary career is going gangbusters.

Warner Todd Huston on August 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Speaking of Celebrities:

https://twitter.com/ThomasARoberts

celebrities
8m

Editor’s note: MSNBC reporter Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) is reporting on Twitter that actress Lauren Bacall has passed away at age 89. This is unconfirmed and we’re looking for more sources. – Jillian
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Thomas Roberts @ThomasARoberts · 24m

BREAKING NEWS – actress Lauren Bacall passes away at the age of 89 according to my source who is connected with friends & family.

canopfor on August 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

What’s the point, man?

WestVirginiaRebel on August 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Ed…you outta your element….

I DON’T VOTE ON SHABBAS!!!!!

LordMaximus on August 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Shut the **** up Donnie. Life does not begin and end at your convenience you miserable POS. Best line ever

tom2789 on August 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I guess Ms. Bacall is Number Two…

Calmer than you are!

WestVirginiaRebel on August 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I come here for the strudel

docflash on August 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

This is not ‘Nam, Democrats. These are elections.

There are rules.

Mark it GOP. Next frame…

JohnGalt23 on August 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Nihilists! I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

portlandon on August 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

There’s a group of people that have called in and want me to run for senator of Montana, like 1,000 people,

1000 Montana Dem’s drinking Kool-Aid.

Wade on August 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Wow, a shout out from Ed himself… Now I know how Walter felt sitting in the living room of Arthur Digby Sellers.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on August 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Lloyd Bridges, complete with tanks and mask and speargun.

Yeah, unleash Sea Hunt on those bastards in Washington D.C.! Yeah!

*wha* uh, yeah, sorry, got lost there for a moment.

Scribbler on August 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

This might be the best post you’ve ever written, Ed. I’m actually jealous that you got to write it and I didn’t. Your masterful job deserves all the praise I can heap on it and then some. Bravo, sir, I tip my cap to you.

And if you want a toe I can get you a toe, believe me. Heck, I can get you a toe by 3:00 PM, with nail polish.

alchemist19 on August 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

“If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.” – W.T. Sherman

Missilengr on August 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

That hasn’t bothered the Demos since ’56.

formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Is there a wagon train heading west in there somewhere? – H/T Cleavon Little

To Ed – Clip was perfect.

UnstChem on August 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

But you gotta run Dude, new schit has come to light!

otlset on August 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

They ran a ringer for a ringer!

WisCon on August 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

This Chinaman is not the issue! I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line you do not, uh–and also, Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred,uh… Asian-American. Please.

Walter Sobchak on August 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Walter Sobchak on August 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Heh.

I loved your funeral … ;-)

ShainS on August 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

WHOA! Rooster Cogburn (#2) is commie!

old school on August 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

See what happens Larry? Do you see what happens when you *boink* a stranger in the a$$?

Left Coast Right Mind on August 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Ahem.

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.

And he fixes the cable.

(Sorry).

Andy in Colorado on August 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Democrats, you’re out of your element.

Good Lt on August 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

“”What the hell is this?”

“My dirty undies. Laundry, Dude. THE WHITES.”

Chuck Schick on August 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Does not matter. Please see quote below,

Reid would never go willingly. When senate building security arrives to evict him from his office, Reid would pull a Tony Montana; coke himself to the gills, heft an M16/203 at waist level toward his office door, and scream “When you f**k with Harry Reid you’re f**kin’ with the BEST!”

Bishop on August 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

ToddPA on August 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I can’t believe this thread isn’t longer. Are there that few hardcore Big Lebowski fans on Hot Air? Has the whole world gone crazy?!? Am I the only one who gives a $h!+ about the rules!?!

I’m going to go drown my sorrows in a White Russian…

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on August 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

This is a very complicated election, Ed. You know a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous. And uh, lot of strands to keep in my head, man.

mazer9 on August 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM

This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps

Melon farmer.

Rusty Nail on August 13, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Democrats this isn’t Nam its an election there are rules here. Mark it zero next frame. This determines who controls the Senate am I wrong. Butttt……. Democrats, if you mark that election a win your entering a world of pain.

tom2789 on August 13, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Johnson?

Kenosha Kid on August 13, 2014 at 1:51 AM

You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me.

PEP on August 13, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Lauren Bacall dies. Who starred in The Big Sleep. Which is the biggest inspiration for. The Big Lebowski. Eerie.

K. Hobbit on August 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Teacher,,, Teach,,,,TEACHER,, PLEASE ASK ME,,,,, TEACHER

OK we know it will be some more of your acting out….

“John Kerry, he needs a cheap place to store his boat, he has nothing to do, he can lie with the best, he is a vet with sort of a record,, and the greens in Montana will for sure vote for less work and all that Earth First crap, he is s sure thing…..!!!”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Democrat candidate drives have been commended as being strongly clueless, which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Democrat.

JeremiahJohnson on August 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Yeah, well, that’s just like, y’know…your opinion, man.

Typhoon on August 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

“Here come da Judd” might work for Ashley Judd up there. She’s a Hollywood heavy thinker. Not quite as catchy as the “Dude Abides” though.

NoPain on August 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I’d sign for John Goodman, but not Bridges. Shabat shalom!

flataffect on August 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on August 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

My theory is that we PUNISH people who are bad neighbors by exiling them to Washington.

This explains, Pelosi, Waters, Frank, Reid, …and a host of other misfits.

landlines on August 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM