Montana Democrats have made a huge mistake

posted at 12:41 pm on August 18, 2014 by Noah Rothman

National Democrats knew long ago that 2014′s political landscape in Montana was not going to be favorable to even a relatively conservative Democrat.

Fully aware that former Sen. Max Baucus faced an uphill battle in any bid for reelection, he was removed from the electoral equation when President Barack Obama appointed him America’s next ambassador to China. The state’s Democratic governor appointed John Walsh, a figure many believed would be a more electable candidate, to serve as Baucus’s replacement.

Walsh was an Iraq War veteran and a 33-year member of the Montana Army National Guard. A Bronze Star Medal recipient, Walsh had what most believed was a sterling record of achievement and deep ties to his state. Walsh’s record as a serviceman, his conservative values, and his incumbent status led many Democrats to believe that Montana might serve as a firewall that could prevent Republicans from taking control of the upper chamber of Congress.

When it was revealed in The New York Times that Walsh had plagiarized the majority of his Army War College thesis, the appointed Democratic incumbent’s biggest asset – his military record — became his greatest liability. Within days, Walsh announced that he would not be on the ballot in the race for U.S. Senate in November.

Big Sky Country Democrats scrambled to replace Walsh and, in a rare eventuality, the state’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate was actually chosen at the state’s nominating convention. The vote was not even close. State Rep. Amanda Curtis was selected to represent the president’s party in Montana at the top of the ticket in November, and no one was happier about this development than Republicans.

The Montana GOP has assembled some of the greatest hits from Curtis’s video blog which suggests that Democrats have made a huge mistake.

In this video, Curtis mocks gun ownership, religion, family values, concern over the $17.6 trillion national debt, and self-identifies as an anarchist. Montana most certainly has a historic blue streak, but Curtis is a candidate so openly left-wing that she would have trouble winning a statewide race – much less the Democratic Party’s nomination — in even traditionally blue states.

There is every reason to believe that Montana was not going to be competitive for Democrats this cycle, but a state with two Democratic senators and a Democratic governor is a state Republicans have to fight for. The GOP will still have to campaign hard in Montana, but Rep. Steve Daines, the Republican Party’s nominee for Senate, will no doubt have a much easier time of 2014 than it appeared he would early on in this cycle.


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That Montana has a D gov. and two D-rats for senators is the big shame of the state.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Agreed…like Vermont they’re so far north that brain freeze/damage is prevalent.

cajunpatriot on August 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

t-2 days until the dems are stuck with her. And then the national GOP can paint every other Dem in congress with her

ConservativePartyNow on August 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Are you being serious?

UnstChem on August 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Somebody clue me in…why is there a pic of Will Arnett on the heading?

fossten on August 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Though she might not be a lesbian, the woman reminds me of Rachel Madow a lot. That’s fine for an ultra-leftist cable channel, not so much for Montana.

anotherJoe on August 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Somebody clue me in…why is there a pic of Will Arnett on the heading?

fossten on August 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I have no idea who that is, or what he has to do with the story.

UltimateBob on August 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Where has Lorien been?

I can’t be the only person saying that I’d hit that.

UltimateBob on August 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The nomination of Curtis was a sop to the teachers union which is the biggest dim contributor in the state. It’s not brain freeze, it’s all those lefty transients moving here from CA, OR and WA.

Kissmygrits on August 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I can’t be the only person saying that I’d hit that.

UltimateBob on August 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I can unequivocally say I’d hit her with a 2 x 4.

You need help! Amanda looks like a younger Lois Lerner. Eeeewwww!

UnstChem on August 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

A-yup…her parents must be SO proud…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Somebody clue me in…why is there a pic of Will Arnett on the heading?

fossten on August 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I have no idea who that is, or what he has to do with the story.

UltimateBob on August 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

It’s a recurring joke on the television show “Arrested Development”, one of the funniest comedies of all time.

Kevin71 on August 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Stunning that the Montana Democratic Party thought she was the best candidate. It will be interesting to see the results of this race given her expressed views.

Thurston Howell III on August 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Minneslowta is no better….

crosshugger on August 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

“In this video, Curtis mocks gun ownership, religion, family values, concern over the $17.6 trillion national debt, and self-identifies as an anarchist.” – all the while wearing fake eyelashes.

MAzingrace on August 18, 2014 at 5:07 PM

This might be a little off topic, but did you know that Obama is getting rid of 8K Navy officers?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/18/navy-chiefs-continuation-boards/14223129/

Decimating the Military. One Racist Step At A Time

/yo

Key West Reader on August 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

It is actually enlisted, not officers. From the link:

WASHINGTON — Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

The board — the first since early 2013 — will convene Oct. 27, according to a Navy document released Aug. 14.

At risk are between 7,500 and 8,000 retirement-eligible active and reserve E-7s, E-8s and E-9s with at least at least three years’ time in rate.

They are already eligible for retirement at their current rank. I’m sure it has to do with manpower, but it hope it doesn’t affect operational capabilities. I do know that some rates could stand to lose some at the top. It does seem like an awfully high number, though.

Patriot Vet on August 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Noah,

For this post, I owe you an apology! I have routinely slammed you for engaging in unbridled “click bait” journalism but, I gotta tell ya, this was definitely worth the trip.

The woman is a loon!

What’s the over and under for November? 40+ points?

Now all we need is Lie-a-watha to upend Cankles in 2016. Heaven on earth!

The War Planner on August 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

She is really arrogant and condescending. Would make a good fascist dictator.

That may be what the state Democrat leaders are looking for in a candidate, but I don’t know how Montana voters will take it.

She would not do well in most parts of Texas, except Travis County.

s1im on August 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

She’s like a HuffPo comments section come to life.

JimLennon on August 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

It’s the smugness.

Blaise on August 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

A test balloon: Can a totally bat-sh!t crazy woman and flaming liberal get elected courtesy of having a vagina.

Hillary will be taking notes on this race.

Sgt Steve on August 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

If it hasn’t been said yet let me; Lots of Dem women have accomplished that and this one looks like she will be House Speaker someday.

ru2sel on August 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I can’t be the only person saying that I’d hit that.

UltimateBob on August 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I got some anarchy for her. Right here.

lorien1973 on August 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Republicans would do well to make her and Harry Reid the faces of the Democrat Party. Do a reverse Todd Akin.

WannabeAnglican on August 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Agreed…like Vermont they’re so far north that brain freeze/damage is prevalent.

cajunpatriot on August 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Hey. Hey. Hey.

I can’t speak for Montana, but Vermont would be fine except for all of the flatlanders that moved up here for the beauty, laid-back life style, and government bennies. As usual, the libs, like a horde of locusts, sweep into a fertile area and destroy it.

bofh on August 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I can’t be the only person saying that I’d hit that.
UltimateBob on August 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM
I got some anarchy for her. Right here.
lorien1973 on August 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

This kind of crap should bring down the ban hammer.
No place for it on HA.

Sherman1864 on August 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Montana????
Sherman1864 on August 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM
I know, amazing…
PatriotRider on August 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I’m telling ya!

Sherman1864 on August 18, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Krupnikas on August 18, 2014 at 9:45 PM

funny

petunia on August 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

This would play well in Commiefornia for sure but Montana? No frikken way!!

jeffinsjvca on August 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I never understood that either. They guy from Delaware flat out lied about serving in Vietnam and got elected with zero problems.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Are you referring to Richard Blumenthal? If so, he was elected to the Senate in Connecticut.

Color me shocked if there’s another Dem from Delaware who lied about being in Vietnam that I’ve forgotten about, though. /s

Gator Country on August 19, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Id like to be the first to invite her to walk across St Louis, Detroit or Chicago, or as we like to call them examples of 50 years liberal governance—I’m betting she fits right in.

OpportunityCost on August 19, 2014 at 4:34 AM

Kissmygrits – The nomination of Curtis was a sop to the teachers union which is the biggest dim contributor in the state. It’s not brain freeze, it’s all those lefty transients moving here from CA, OR and WA.

Hey! In fairness to both WA & OR, most of those folks originally came from CA.

IcePilot on August 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

RE: Walsh

A Bronze Star is pretty much an administrative award not a valor award unless it is also awarded with a “V”.

A Silver Star is a valor award.

Y2K on August 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

She will not just be defeated, she will be humiliated.

claudius on August 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“I would have liked to see Montana…”

dentarthurdent on August 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

~ Captain Borodin, The Hunt for Red October

Freelancer on August 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

She will not just be defeated, she will be humiliated.

claudius on August 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Not really, if she is expected to lose and she does, then it’s no big deal. The name recognition factor might even help if she decides to run for statewide office again.

J Baustian on August 20, 2014 at 2:20 AM

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