Democrats aren’t apparently ready to accept any responsibility for the state our nation or Montana. One liberal blogger- a Schweitzer cheerleader-blamed it on corporate interests. According to her/him/it, there just wasn’t any cash available for democrats.
After all, it’s virtually impossible, especially in a year when Republicans are charged up with rage and Democrats are apathetic, to run a legislative campaign when one side has several million dollars and your side has squat. There was simply no cash available for Democrats; whereas millions in corporate cash, as I detailed in a recent post, were spent by conservative groups. In some races there were as many as a dozen negative mailers dropped against the Democrat, where as the Republican candidate would get maybe one or two, or maybe none.
Many legislative races should have been won by democrats that were not, because the resource disparity was simply too great. That’s showbiz. You need to go big or go home, and Dems couldn’t go big cuz the money wasn’t there. A few large corporate interests sent huge money into Montana to influence the election.
Many are blaming Max Baucus- for sending 30 paid staffers to Nevada to campaign for the embattled Reid, for not pushing the public option, for failing America and Montana for 35 years. Where was Tester? In the days leading up to the election, he was campaigning in Missouri, Nevada and California….. naturally. They managed to come together at the end, however; in their GOTV effort Saturday-Monday.
There was one “popular” democrat who seemed to be invisible during this election season- that is, when he wasn’t bragging on every national television show possible about running our state like a ranch and his “massive surplus”. Yeah, you guessed correctly….. Brian Schweitzer. Where was he? Whether he was concerned about polarizing his potential constituents in his future run for US Senate, hiring some more government workers, or patrolling his personal wildlife reserve on Mullan Pass, we don’t know. One thing is likely though, whatever he was doing was done so to benefit Brian Schweitzer and Brian Schweitzer only.
Surprisingly enough, I haven’t yet heard anyone in Montana blaming George Bush yet….. I’m confident it won’t be long. Democrats need to look in the mirror. This election was NOT so much an endorsement of the Republican Party, but a DENOUNCEMENT of liberal values and policies. Americans- and especially Montanans- don’t want to be governed by the left, nor the right, nor the center. They want to govern themselves.