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RNC Takes to the Airwaves in Montana (!)

The Republican National Committee will begin running television ads in Montana beginning on Wednesday, a sign of how heavily the playing field is tilted against the GOP with just eight days left in the presidential election.

Montana has been a Republican stronghold for years at the presidential level. President George W. Bush carried it with 59 percent in 2004 and a similar 58 percent four years earlier. It's worth noting, however, that then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton carried Montana when he ran for president in 1992 -- thanks to Ross Perot taking 26 percent of the vote.

Barack Obama has been advertising steadily in Montana for the last few months and, until tonight, John McCain and the RNC seemed content to let the Illinois senator have the airwaves to himself.

But, recent polling shows that Obama is well within range of McCain -- perhaps prompting the RNC's decision to began advertising in the Last Best Place starting Wednesday.

Add Montana to the list of red states in which Obama is now playing offense with the election just a week away. And, make sure to check out The Fix's latest electoral map -- just updated today!

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2008; 7:25 PM ET
Categories:  Battlegrounds , Eye on 2008  
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The polls you track on your Fix election map often don't factor in that both Ron Paul (Constitution Party) and Bob Barr (Libertarian) will be on the ballot in Montana. McCain was ahead in most of the polls done here -- except the one by MSU Billings, which also was the only one to include all the candidates on the ballot. That poll put Obama ahead 44 to 40, with Ron Paul drawing 4 percent.

The strategy was smart. Force Republicans to spend money in "safe" states like Montana and get lots of press attention for aggressively targeting red states like Montana. Obama doesn't need us to win, but at this point, McCain sure does.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

"There are A LOT of Obama ads airing in Montana, both TV and radio, and have been for some time"

No kidding ! Does it have anything to do with the amount of money BO has to spend?
Does it have anything to do with BO's lie that he would accept public campaign financing?

Posted by: leapin | October 28, 2008 12:40 PM |

In answer to your questions, yes, I'm sure it is exactly because of those things. I never said I was happy about all the Obama campaign ads here. I am a Republican. And I still think McCain will win Mont., and it won't be that close.

Posted by: acasilaco | October 28, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"On the national level, it works out better for us with Obama's, tax plan, we aren't exactly a rich state income wise, our average state income is around 30-40k. His tax plan will save us a lot of money"

Bill Clinton had a campaign theme called surtax on millionaires. He won the election and before inaugural day admitted that the taxes had to trickle down to lower income levels (like your 30-40k).

Sucker

Posted by: leapin | October 28, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

RNC Takes to the Airwaves in Montana (!)


DNC takes the airwaves worldwide, with Obama on the mic. Can I get a mic check?
The "Time" is now for our country to unite and embark on our journey to restore our country and bring about the much needed change that we the American people so desperately needs. Together we can stand once again despite the inherited crisis from the last eight years. Together, we can do it and together we will do it. "I love when a plan comes together, so let's do it'. Our nation is no doubt the leading nation in the world, yet over the last past eight years, it has begun to decline in value, BUT, together we won't allow it to go any further down, because, "Yes Together We Can" and Yes Together We Will" survive it all and make America a better place today, tommorrow and forever! YES YES YES ! God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

RNC Takes to the Airwaves in Montana (!)


DNC takes the airwaves worldwide, with Obama on the mic. Can I get a mic check?
The "Time" is now for our country to unite and embark on our journey to restore our country and bring about the much needed change that we the American people so desperately needs. Together we can stand once again despite the inherited crisis from the last eight years. Together, we can do it and together we will do it. "I love when a plan comes together, so let's do it'. Our nation is no doubt the leading nation in the world, yet over the last past eight years, it has begun to decline in value, BUT, together we won't allow it to go any further down, because, "Yes Together We Can" and Yes Together We Will" survive it all and make America a better place today, tommorrow and forever! YES YES YES ! God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 28, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

RNC Takes to the Airwaves in Montana (!)


DNC takes the airwaves worldwide, with Obama on the mic. Can I get a mic check?
The "Time" is now for our country to unite and embark on our journey to restore our country and bring about the much needed change that we the American people so desperately needs. Together we can stand once again despite the inherited crisis from the last eight years. Together, we can do it and together we will do it. "I love when a plan comes together, so let's do it'. Our nation is no doubt the leading nation in the world, yet over the last past eight years, it has begun to decline in value, BUT, together we won't allow it to go any further down, because, "Yes Together We Can" and Yes Together We Will" survive it all and make America a better place today, tommorrow and forever! YES YES YES ! God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 28, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the McCain party has pretty much skipped us(Montana) which is alright with me. The MT Dem. Party has a nice little website counting up the days he hasn't been back to Montana, http://www.whereismccain.com/, but it appears Palin's chartered jet stopped by for some fuel before heading back to Fairbanks,AK, with out stepping out of her plane.

In comment to one of the others...

The house rep, Driscoll?(D) v Rehberg(R). Driscoll hasn't spent a dime or done any campaigning minus a you tube video and a website. Makes it hard for someone to vote for him because your not sure what hes hes for. As the other person pointed out, hes not even voting for himself.

On the national level, it works out better for us with Obama's, tax plan, we aren't exactly a rich state income wise, our average state income is around 30-40k. His tax plan will save us a lot of money. (from his tax calculator and a recent letter from the Friends of Max Baucus pointing that out.)
Lets hope for another blue Montana. :)


For Andy on the sking we have several spots around the Bozeman area, including the more exclusive and busier big sky, which is surrounded by the Yellowstone Club and Spanish Peaks clubs...

http://www.bigskyfishing.com/Montana-Info/montana-ski-areas.shtm

Posted by: kwicks | October 28, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"There are A LOT of Obama ads airing in Montana, both TV and radio, and have been for some time"

No kidding ! Does it have anything to do with the amount of money BO has to spend?
Does it have anything to do with BO's lie that he would accept public campaign financing?

Posted by: leapin | October 28, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

bsimon writes:
"I've heard good things about Big Sky:"

Andy,
If you prefer Alta to Snowbird (or Deer Creek), you'll probably like Bridger Bowl (near Bozeman) better than "Pig Sty". Cheaper, less crowded, and the powder is just as good.

http://www.bridgerbowl.com/


Posted by: mnteng | October 28, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Too late for your strategy Lazerboy!...

The GOP is trying to put out "Obama wildfires" all over the country with garden hose. The mere fact that McCain and Palin are still campaigning quite a bit together speaks volumes to McCain's tactics (or more specifically lack of strategy).

McCain and the RNC are spending most of their time and resources in places like Montana?!?!, Pennslyvania?!?!, North Carolina?!?!, Virginia?!?!, Ohio?!?! and Florida?!?!

McCain has pulled out of Michigan and is pulling out of Minnesota.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 28, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck


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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

HEAR IS AN INTERESTING IDEA FOR REP. AD.

* Barney Franks, Chris Dodd, Dems., and Acorn caused this financial mess, yet the Reps. are being blamed for this financial mess. Now, the Democrats and Sen. Obama are LAUGHING at AMERICANS and Rep. all the way to the bank because Dems. and Sen. Obama have been able to deceive Americans into believing that Rep. caused this financial mess.

BTW, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin can cover more ground on campaign trail if Sen. McCain speak about foreign affair issues and the economy while Gov. Palin deal with women issues and other everyday issues.

Posted by: lazerboy | October 28, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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A year ago I would have agreed with you that we are a center-right country.


However how do you account for the apparently millions who support the ultra-left high-tax socialist Black-Liberation-Thelogy Obama ???


Some of these people are post-midlife crisis protester-wannabees who yearn for the 60s to come back. Yea, they get out of their white mercedes and they want to go to a flower child rally.


These people believe the Weather Underground is "cool." Did it ever disband? Obama could be a secret member for all we know.


The members of the Weather Underground have been attempting to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee for decades - they were at the Democratic National Committee during Bill Clinton's transition period in 1992 - 1993. The Washington Post really should track these people and see what they have been up to - one thing they have been doing is mentoring Obama.


I find this entire development quite concerning - IF ONE ACTUALLY READS WILLIAM AYERS' WRITINGS FROM THE 60s - Ayers says he wants to create an alliance with the forces of Black Liberation Theology and destroy America from that direction.


Even MSNBC is now slamming the New York Times on media bias - that is hilarious however the problem has been so severe they cannot deceive anymore. At least admitting media bias on a morning show is a first step.


Let's see the media actually do their investigative reporting and do ONE PIECE on the philosophy of the Church of Black Liberation Theology.

IT WAS ACTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE MEDIA TO REPORT ON THE DETAILS OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY UNTIL REV. WRIGHT TRAVELED ALL THE WAY TO THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB IN WASHINGTON DC AND SAID ABOUT 15 OUTRAGEOUS RACIST THINGS ON THE UNFILTERED C-SPAN.

Black Liberation Theology adherents see everything through "white values" and "black values" - and they are still seeking compensation for slavery and the Jim Crow era. The media is invited to research the thinking of Dorothy Tilman, Alderman in Chicago.

Please remember the adherents of Black Liberation Theology are TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN THIS NONSENSE.

Please then remember that Obama and his wife brought their children to this Church for years (until it was politically impossible for Obama to continue to bring his children to this hate-filled place) and that Obama gave the Church of Black Liberation Theology $20,000.00 in one year.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Andy, I think they go as 'Montanans'. I've heard good things about Big Sky:

http://www.bigskyresort.com/


On the politics, what's there to say? The GOP is on the run. Their best hope is that the voter models for 2004 are still valid. If that's not the case, they're going to lose big.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.
Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
STILL WAITING
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Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoseBNetlEk

Posted by: popasmoke | October 28, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Sad, pathetic McCain supporters. 8 years of having your way and now the ENTIRE country is against you. All you can do is bite like a wounded dog backed into a corner. I can't wait till Nov 5th so I don't have to read any more of your McCain is the savior and Obama is the socialist devil crap.

But then again, you won't shut up, because you people HAVE to blame someone else for your own ineptness. That's what being a Republican is all about...

Posted by: gene11 | October 28, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

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Let's not argue if Obama is a socialist or not - Let's just ask Obama DIRECTLY if he thinks the Courts should REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY:

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Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

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Old Tape of Obama Revealing His Real Thinking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

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Let's all review how this year, not decades ago. OBAMA REFUSED TO DISAVOW Rev. Wright and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY TEACHINGS.


What is worse is that Obama exposed his children to the HATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY FOR YEARS.


EXPOSED HIS CHILDREN TO THAT RACIST HATE UNTIL IT BECAME POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS CHILDREN TO THE RACIST CHURCH !


IF A WHITE candidate had a similar church, the Washignton Post would be railing against that candidate.


The bias is great, the racism is unbelievable. The media has given Obama so many passes.


Then they have to go and get some FALSE CHARGES FROM DECADES AGO.


Investigate Obama and his democratic friends in Chicago.


Investigate his friend REZKO who has been indicted and whose story much of America does not know.


Investigate all the connections between Michele Obama and Farrakhan.


BE SERIOUS MEDIA.


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING DRINKING THE KOOL-AID OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TALKING POINTS AS IF IT WERE TRUTH.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 28, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

I thought for a while that Montana was a prime pick up spot for Obama. It isn't really the 3 electoral votes that are important, it is the symbolism of it. It will send a message to the other states around Montana that people like them are democrats too. This also shows the genius of Howard Dean's fifty state strategy. By creating good well funded state parties the democrats can now force the GOP's hand to spend money they don't have in states they don't want to spend it in. Not to mention the small races that we don't read about on the fix (mayors, state senates etc) that are going to go overwhelmingly to the democrats this year).

Also to any Montananites (sp?) where is the best place to come skiing in Montana? I'm looking for some place where you get good snow, but without all the frills and stuff at places like Vale, or Deer Creek. For reference my favorite resort is Alta.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 28, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Brokaw Nails McCain On Taxing The Wealthy, Reagan's Record:


Brokaw was dead on yesterday in his interview with McCain, holding the candidate's feet to the fire. In this mashup, Brokaw plays two clips, one of McCain in 2000 explicitly voicing his support for increasing taxes on the wealthy, and another from 2004 when he defended his opposition to Bush's tax cuts on the grounds that they disproportionately benefited the wealthy. When McCain tries to weasel his way out by claiming Herbert Hoover was the last person to raise taxes during a recession, Brokaw is quick to point out that his hero Ronald Reagan actually raised taxes in his first two years. Needless to say McCain bumbles and stumbles in the face of reality.


McCAIN: The last time a president of the United States that did that was a guy named Herbert Hoover, protectionism and raising taxes.


BROKAW: Well, Ronald Reagan raised taxes as well, after the first two years in office.


McCAIN: Not in these times. Not in times--not in economic times like these.


BROKAW: Well, right after the recession he did, in the first two years of his office.


McCAIN: Well, look, I would be glad to review the Reagan record, but the Reagan record was certainly one that reined in spending.
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http://crooksandliars.com/silentpatriot/meet-press-brokaw-nails-mccain-taxin
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Well as I posted in the other blog, in Oregon incumbant Gordon Smith (R) is spending his money attacking someone named David Brownlow. Until today I'd never heard of him. The democratic candidate is a guy named Jeff Merkley.

Reading the tea-leaves - David Brownlow is the Constitution Party candidate and is probably pulling a few percentage points from Smith. So Smith wants a few of them back.

Good news for David Brownlow and the Constitution Party.

Posted by: DonJasper | October 28, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Brokaw Nails McCain On Taxing The Wealthy, Reagan's Record:


Brokaw was dead on yesterday in his interview with McCain, holding the candidate's feet to the fire. In this mashup, Brokaw plays two clips, one of McCain in 2000 explicitly voicing his support for increasing taxes on the wealthy, and another from 2004 when he defended his opposition to Bush's tax cuts on the grounds that they disproportionately benefited the wealthy. When McCain tries to weasel his way out by claiming Herbert Hoover was the last person to raise taxes during a recession, Brokaw is quick to point out that his hero Ronald Reagan actually raised taxes in his first two years. Needless to say McCain bumbles and stumbles in the face of reality.


McCAIN: The last time a president of the United States that did that was a guy named Herbert Hoover, protectionism and raising taxes.


BROKAW: Well, Ronald Reagan raised taxes as well, after the first two years in office.


McCAIN: Not in these times. Not in times--not in economic times like these.


BROKAW: Well, right after the recession he did, in the first two years of his office.


McCAIN: Well, look, I would be glad to review the Reagan record, but the Reagan record was certainly one that reined in spending.
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http://crooksandliars.com/silentpatriot/meet-press-brokaw-nails-mccain-taxin
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

The REALLY hilarious part is this:

1. Denny Rehberg (R) is running against John Driscoll--a 63 year-old democrat who wrote letters to the editor this week saying that he, John Driscoll, was voting for REHBERG because REHBERG voted against the bailout, but he invited other Montanans to vote for him (John Driscoll). If the man couldn't get off his porch to meet us, why would we think he'd put any effort into representing us. Frankly, I think he got paid off to get the nomination and then just sit on it so Rehberg would have an uncontested race.

John Driscoll said he wasn't going to lift a finger to win the race. He did not buy a single yard sign, not a solitary ad,made no phone calls, nothing. He said he wasn't even going to spend money on a tank of gas to travel around and try to win. Any votes he gets will be from party-ticket voters and those new Obama voters.

2. Max Baucus, Senator (D) is running against Bob Kelleher, an 86-year-old man who has filed in 15 races--the last time as a GREEN party delegate. He actually beat out Mike Lange--whose name people recognized, but they didn't like because of his unprofessional behavior in the Senate. And so BOB won--even though people didn't know who he was!!!

The LAST THING THE RNC WANTS IS A BUSHY-EYEBROWED man who thinks the US should have a parliamentary form of government as our SENATOR. He is such an embarrassment to them that at the state Republican convention, they wouldn't give Bob Kelleher a place on the schedule even though he is now the Republican nominee.

And here's the punchline--Bob has been a democrat for most of his life and has an OBAMA sign right next to his on Broadwater in Billings!! He would be 92 if he lives to serve his term. He last had national exposure on the Comedy Central Channel. But he is now running ads against the bailout!! So watch the elections--he may get some votes.

You can't make it up in Montana!! If I were the RNC and trying to tout my brand--I definitely think I'd skip Montana this year. Rehberg is virtually unopposed for the House and Max is set for the Senate. Schweitzer's done a good job, so there's not much to contest except local races.

And don't worry--the NRA did just fine blanketing us with flyers showing guns being crushed, and Conrad Burns wrote a long editorial about Obama taking away our guns (because us poor hicks don't know nothin 'bout no wars or economy stuff, ya know) And 32% of respondents to a Gazette poll said "guns" was their most important issue. Go spend it elsewhere where you'll need it.

Posted by: Think3 | October 28, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

The REALLY hilarious part is this:

1. Denny Rehberg (R) is running against John Driscoll--a 63 year-old democrat who wrote letters to the editor this week saying that he, John Driscoll, was voting for REHBERG because REHBERG voted against the bailout, but he invited other Montanans to vote for him (John Driscoll). If the man couldn't get off his porch to meet us, why would we think he'd put any effort into representing us. Frankly, I think he got paid off to get the nomination and then just sit on it so Rehberg would have an uncontested race.

John Driscoll said he wasn't going to lift a finger to win the race. He did not buy a single yard sign, not a solitary ad,made no phone calls, nothing. He said he wasn't even going to spend money on a tank of gas to travel around and try to win. Any votes he gets will be from party-ticket voters and those new Obama voters.

2. Max Baucus, Senator (D) is running against Bob Kelleher, an 86-year-old man who has filed in 15 races--the last time as a GREEN party delegate. He actually beat out Mike Lange--whose name people recognized, but they didn't like because of his unprofessional behavior in the Senate. And so BOB won--even though people didn't know who he was!!!

The LAST THING THE RNC WANTS IS A BUSHY-EYEBROWED man who thinks the US should have a parliamentary form of government as our SENATOR. He is such an embarrassment to them that at the state Republican convention, they wouldn't give Bob Kelleher a place on the schedule even though he is now the Republican nominee.

And here's the punchline--Bob has been a democrat for most of his life and has an OBAMA sign right next to his on Broadwater in Billings!! He would be 92 if he lives to serve his term. He last had national exposure on the Comedy Central Channel. But he is now running ads against the bailout!! So watch the elections--he may get some votes.

You can't make it up in Montana!! If I were the RNC and trying to tout my brand--I definitely think I'd skip Montana this year. Rehberg is virtually unopposed for the House and Max is set for the Senate. Schweitzer's done a good job, so there's not much to contest except local races.

And don't worry--the NRA did just fine blanketing us with flyers showing guns being crushed, and Conrad Burns wrote a long editorial about Obama taking away our guns (because us poor hicks don't know nothin 'bout no wars or economy stuff, ya know) And 32% of respondents to a Gazette poll said "guns" was their most important issue. Go spend it elsewhere where you'll need it.

Posted by: Think3 | October 28, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

The REALLY hilarious part is this:

1. Denny Rehberg (R) is running against John Driscoll--a 63 year-old democrat who wrote letters to the editor this week saying that he, John Driscoll, was voting for REHBERG because REHBERG voted against the bailout, but he invited other Montanans to vote for him.

Even though John Driscoll said he wasn't going to lift a finger to win the race. He did not buy a single yard sign, not a solitary ad, nothing. He said he wasn't even going to spend money on a tank of gas to travel around and win.

2. Max Baucus, Senator (D) is running against Bob Kelleher, an 86-year-old man who has filed in 15 races--the last time as a GREEN party delegate. He actually beat out Mike Lange--whose name people recognized, but they didn't like because of his unprofessional behavior in the Senate. And so BOB won--even though people didn't know who he was!!!

The LAST THING THE RNC WANTS IS A BUSHY-EYEBROWED man who thinks the US should have a parliamentary form of government as our SENATOR. He is such an embarrassment that at the state Republican convention, they wouldn't give Bob Kelleher a place on the schedule even though he is now the Republican nominee.

Actually, Bob has been a democrat for most of his life and has an OBAMA sign right next to his on Broadwater in Billings!! He would be 92 if he lives to serve his term. He last had national exposure on the Comedy Central Channel. But he is now running ads against the bailout!! So watch the elections--he may get some votes.

You can't make it up in Montana!! If I were the RNC and trying to tout my brand--I definitely think I'd skip Montana this year. Rehberg is virtually unopposed for the House and Max is set for the Senate.

And don't worry--the NRA did just fine blanketing us with flyers showing guns being crushed, and Conrad Burns wrote a long editorial about Obama taking away our guns (because us poor hicks don't know nothin 'bout no wars or economy stuff, ya know) And 32% of respondents to a Gazette poll said "guns" was their most important issue. Go spend it elsewhere.

Posted by: Think3 | October 28, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

The REALLY hilarious part is this:

1. Denny Rehberg (R) is running against John Driscoll--a 63 year-old democrat who wrote letters to the editor this week saying that he, John Driscoll, was voting for REHBERG because REHBERG voted against the bailout, but he invited other Montanans to vote for him.

Even though John Driscoll said he wasn't going to lift a finger to win the race. He did not buy a single yard sign, not a solitary ad, nothing. He said he wasn't even going to spend money on a tank of gas to travel around and win.

2. Max Baucus, Senator (D) is running against Bob Kelleher, an 86-year-old man who has filed in 15 races--the last time as a GREEN party delegate. He actually beat out Mike Lange--whose name people recognized, but they didn't like because of his unprofessional behavior in the Senate. And so BOB won--even though people didn't know who he was!!!

The LAST THING THE RNC WANTS IS A BUSHY-EYEBROWED man who thinks the US should have a parliamentary form of government as our SENATOR. He is such an embarrassment that at the state Republican convention, they wouldn't give Bob Kelleher a place on the schedule even though he is now the Republican nominee.

Actually, Bob has been a democrat for most of his life and has an OBAMA sign right next to his on Broadwater in Billings!! He would be 92 if he lives to serve his term. He last had national exposure on the Comedy Central Channel. But he is now running ads against the bailout!! So watch the elections--he may get some votes.

You can't make it up in Montana!! If I were the RNC and trying to tout my brand--I definitely think I'd skip Montana this year. Rehberg is virtually unopposed for the House and Max is set for the Senate.

And don't worry--the NRA did just fine blanketing us with flyers showing guns being crushed, and Conrad Burns wrote a long editorial about Obama taking away our guns (because us poor hicks don't know nothin 'bout no wars or economy stuff, ya know) And 32% of respondents to a Gazette poll said "guns" was their most important issue. Go spend it elsewhere.

Posted by: Think3 | October 28, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

The REALLY hilarious part is this:

1. Denny Rehberg (R) is running against John Driscoll--a 63 year-old democrat who wrote letters to the editor this week saying that he, John Driscoll, was voting for REHBERG because REHBERG voted against the bailout, but he invited other Montanans to vote for him.

Even though John Driscoll said he wasn't going to lift a finger to win the race. He did not buy a single yard sign, not a solitary ad, nothing. He said he wasn't even going to spend money on a tank of gas to travel around and win.

2. Max Baucus, Senator (D) is running against Bob Kelleher, an 86-year-old man who has filed in 15 races--the last time as a GREEN party delegate. He actually beat out Mike Lange--whose name people recognized, but they didn't like because of his unprofessional behavior in the Senate. And so BOB won--even though people didn't know who he was!!!

The LAST THING THE RNC WANTS IS A BUSHY-EYEBROWED man who thinks the US should have a parliamentary form of government as our SENATOR. He is such an embarrassment that at the state Republican convention, they wouldn't give Bob Kelleher a place on the schedule even though he is now the Republican nominee.

Actually, Bob has been a democrat for most of his life and has an OBAMA sign right next to his on Broadwater in Billings!! He would be 92 if he lives to serve his term. He last had national exposure on the Comedy Central Channel. But he is now running ads against the bailout!! So watch the elections--he may get some votes.

You can't make it up in Montana!! If I were the RNC and trying to tout my brand--I definitely think I'd skip Montana this year. Rehberg is virtually unopposed for the House and Max is set for the Senate.

And don't worry--the NRA did just fine blanketing us with flyers showing guns being crushed, and Conrad Burns wrote a long editorial about Obama taking away our guns (because us poor hicks don't know nothin 'bout no wars or economy stuff, ya know) And 32% of respondents to a Gazette poll said "guns" was their most important issue. Go spend it elsewhere.

Posted by: Think3 | October 28, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Yep, I live in Montana and love it here. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching all of Senator Obama's well expressed and finely thought out TV ads here, even on CNN and the national networks. Like other Montanans, I've noticed that McCain and Palin have never set foot in our state during the campaign. Rest assured we do not miss their presence. We'll all be quite happy to contribute significantly to Senator Obama's overwhelming victory next week. America will be a better place as a result.

Posted by: dsrobins | October 28, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: LAThinker | October 28, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

In addition to Montana, Arizona, yes Arizona is now in play. The latest polls show McCain two and four points ahead in two different polls. Sure enough, there was Republican advertising on TV tonight by one of those 527 groups. It reminded us all that Obama had voted "present" a number of times when he was in the Illinois senate. I expect more of the same in the next few days. I doubt whether in the end Arizona will go for Obama. Only Clinton in 96 managed to carry the state and McCain has had a long run without ever having serious opposition. Just the same, it's nice to see the Republicans sweat a little in my home state.They have had it all their own way for far too long here but now there is hope. We may end up with five out of eight Democratic Congress persons, our popular governor is democratic and hopefully when McCain retires two years from now we will elect a Democratic senator.

Posted by: Opa2 | October 28, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Other than advertising in Montana being comparatively cheap, why would the RNC begin ads there now? That's crazy! There are no state races in play for the GOP and Montana's few electoral votes won't help McCain overcome the deficit he is facing.

Posted by: Byron5 | October 28, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama has been to Montana FIVE TIMES during his run, including him and his family spending the day in Butte, AMERICA on the 4th of July 2008. McVain has not once darkened our doors. And now the Q-tip is gonna come knockin?? Little too late McVain and Scarah...us and our little 3 votes done turned BLUE! (Insert sheep joke here...we heard em all)

Posted by: lleahlew | October 28, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

BTW, we have just started to give our big banks money with no strings attached, no influence or vote. The banks aparently can do whatever they want and we just hope they will lend with it. Apparently the Repubs refused to allow any such strings unlike in Europe where they are getting someething for their money. As much as $ 70 bill fromo the bailout is expected to go towards compensation.

Where can I sign up for this free money with almost no strings attached ?

Posted by: labear | October 27, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain has had government provided healtcare just about his entire life, and with the exception of Nam, never had to worry about receiving healthcare.

He also used to say tax cuts in general, especially for the rich, was ridiculous and unprecedented for war time. He said that early in Bushes presidency but changed his mind and now is with Bush. He also used to say that those who are done well should pay more in taxes. He apparently does not believe that anymore either.

Posted by: labear | October 27, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse


I laugh at this talk of socialism. Palin has a socialist redistribution fund from oil money. You get money fromt he oil companies just for beinga an Alaskan.

This shows the ingnorance of people and Palin's hypocrisy or ignorance. It shows an ahistorical view of this country and what is happening and its once even more progressive tax policy, but now we currently have a system that distributes the wealth upward.

Private profits for fat cats and big companies but socialized losses and cost. Warren Buffet said something to this effect. Yea, we started a class war and we won and rest of the country lost !

Posted by: labear | October 27, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

"If courage remains our constant companion, then, my fellow americans, I am confident, we shall overcome."

- LBJ

In Montana, too.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 27, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

thecanoli, IBD was the poll that had O's lead at 0 (so he's actually UP 4 in that poll) and whose data (that everyone laughed at) indicated 80 percent of 18 year olds preferred a grumpy old man who hates kids over O. Even Asper"girl" couldn't buy the stuff you're selling. Palin has given up acc. to the papers and decided to "go rogue." Nuff said.
_________

(Zogby Rasmusson and Gallup (traditional)
all down to 5, IBD- 4....America is waking up to Obama's Redistributive Socialism- national polls first, the states will follow)

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:19 PM

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 27, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

thecannula-

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Rooster54-
Sorry, I was at work.
You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?


(Zogby Rasmusson and Gallup (traditional)
all down to 5, IBD- 4....America is waking up to Obama's Redistributive Socialism- national polls first, the states will follow)

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Gallup today (10/27): O up 10 (ties his highest Gallup yet):

Excerpt:

"Obama's 10-point lead among expanded likely voters matches his largest leads on this basis."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 27, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Trust me when I tell you Montana is not in play. BTW, the poll was a school poll, and did not even give a division of GOP to Dem or Ind. This is a fake poll

Posted by: MontanaConservative | October 27, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

If Mac has to defend Montana, this is not just over, but a landslide of Reagan proportions. The farther this goes along the more you get the sense of a reverse Bradley effect -- A lot of hardcore Republicans who are telling Zogby, et al. they are for Mac, but voting for O.

PALIN HATE RALLY SAYS THE N- WORD (ON VIDEO)

We had the displeasure today of reading about Palin's latest hate rally at DailyKos. They have the video but we decided not to watch. In this one, a Palin supporter stands up and yells the n- word in the middle of Palin's incoherent babbling. Palin doesn't miss a beat and does not chastise the bigot; it was clear that she totally bought into the hate. Let's hope the poor black guy that her supporters always jack up (or do something to), allegedly, at the end of her KK-, er, political rallies, got medical treatment this time around.

EARLY VOTING GOOD BUT TRICKERATION IN NC

Again, EARLY VOTING in VA. VOTE NOW! Let's end this early before Nov. 4 so Mac/Palin and their associated hate groups (stay safe, O) are sent a message they'll remember. EARLY VOTING GOING GREAT in NC, but according to Daily Kos they're using trick ballots that suggest by voting "party line," you are automatically voting for your party's nominee for president (a pretty reasonable assumption). Not true, you have to vote for president SEPARATELY. It apparently tricked quite a few early voters except those in the know (Mac's folks, who knew of the trick). Some people tragically left the polls voting for nobody. This is Jim Crow trickeration at its 1950s worse.

Run the table, O, and stay safe.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 27, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Nothing will work now. Fox just reported that McCain is a natural blond. ...............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/27/is-mccain-a-natural-blonde/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 27, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

There are A LOT of Obama ads airing in Montana, both TV and radio, and have been for some time. I expect Obama to have a massive margin in certain Democratic areas (especially vote-rich Missoula, and probably Helena), which could be what has the GOP concerned. Also, Ron Paul is on the Montana presidential ballot as the nominee of the Montana Constitution Party (not the national Constitution Party), so maybe that's causing some GOP worries that he'll take votes from McCain.

Just speculating here, but there could also be some RNC thinking that a little ad money to boost GOP enthusiasm and turnout for McCain could potentially make the difference down-ticket in who controls the state Legislature. (Both houses are currently within one vote of party-control change.) The major statewide races (gov, senate, house) are all snoozers this year, so those things aren't going to get Republicans to the polls.

Posted by: acasilaco | October 27, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Another nail in the coffin.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 27, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

...makes sense to me! Bush's wealthy friends have been busy buying up access to trout streams all over the west and closing out ordinary people. On the Fall River, in Oregon, a bunch of filthy rich folk got long term *leases* over the entire North bank of the head waters, on public land. They bulldozed trees and rubbish into the river, copletely destroying that fishery. This was a blue ribbon trout stream; 6 to 10 pound brown and Rainbow trout were common. All of it is gone in less than four lousy years, to some rich swine Pioneers and other Republican donors. If Montanan's have any brains at all, they will vote for Democrats across the board because the wealthy vermin that are the Republican constituents will surely wreck that state and kill the tourism business.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | October 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

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