Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester have had few successes in recent years. Conservatives feel they have ignored the wishes of their constituency in pushing through national healthcare reform mandates and other unpopular legislation while progressives feel they haven’t done enough. Some liberals now refer to the Montana Senators as “blue dog democrats” and describe their political ideology as “right of center”.
You know things are really bad when your most vocal and loyal fans turn on you though. In a tragedy befitting a political Harlequin romance novel, Markos Moulitsas, the influential founder of the lefty website DailyKos, has broken up with Senator Jon Tester. After the desperate Senator expressed his intent to vote against the controversial DREAM act, Moulitsas took to publicly criticizing the man he’d once described as the “future of the Democratic party”. Moulitsas tweeted “Good luck getting reelected now A**hole” as well as a host other disparaging Twitter comments about the man he’d once loved.
The DREAM act is over, possibly forever; and with it ends the liberal dream of millions of new undocumented Democrats becoming legal voters. Moulitsas and other progressives have been betrayed by Tester’s desperation as he is facing a difficult reelection bid in 2012. Montana voters would not forgive the Senator’s support of the DREAM act on top of the national healthcare reform mandates so Tester caved. It remains to be seen whether liberals will forgive Tester or express their disappointment in the Senator by closing their checkbooks but it is certain they will not soon forget. Steve Daines, a Republican Montana businessman is thus far Tester’s only opponent in the 2012 election although there is speculation that Montana’s lone Congressman Republican Denny Rehberg will seek Tester’s seat in the US Senate.