Oh, I actually have met jhwygirl and like her, but I disagree with her thoughts and her premise on this. It’s not that she can’t have her opinion, trust me, I’d much rather have her opinion than not, she’s extremely sharp, and I read her article because it touches on a thought I’d had before.
First off, let’s back up a bit tho – Amanda is who I’m supporting. Dave is about as interesting as wet paint, and while many have heard of him, of the 35 or so that I asked about him couldn’t put that he was in politics. They’d heard of him, but not of anything he’d done. When asked about Amanda, most of them knew her, in some form, some from her music, some from production work on TV, and some from the legislature. I only met one that hadn’t heard of her, but after giving a bit, even they’d seen her videos last session. Chalk this up to being in Helena, where politics is fed to us in the water. We’re a tad weird.
As for Amanda not running, that was her being polite. Butte lost a seat and the other incumbents had seniority, and, honestly, she did as she was asked even tho she didn’t like it. That’s just being a good person, really, so she shouldn’t be faulted for that, especially now, when if she had been running, she’d have to give up the seat, and that would create problems because in the last race she ran uncontested in the general election, which triggers odd things because I’m not sure an uncontested race can be replaced? It’s something to think on.
We’ll be 79 days from the election when the Dems have decided on who is replacing Walsh, and it’s going to be tough. But as I’ve posited before, the only person who can make the media stand up and shine is Amanda.
The focus of the national press has turned towards Montana and especially this party, as we face a unique moment. In a race that has been flagged as wasted, lost, and unimportant, the amount of ink, pixels and video thrown at it the last week, on a national level, is almost unprecedented – in fact, the last time we had this was the last presidential election, and the spotlight was used by the GOP to create the monster that is Sarah Palin. It’s an amazing amount of focus, and can, obviously be used for evil. The media is hungry for a story that will make the mid-term elections interesting, and it started with Senator Walsh’s paper. They are focused on Montana right now, and we can feed that focus and keep them here if we have a candidate that is compelling, interesting, intelligent, and connected. And We have that candidate.
We have a chance to really try something new. To find a leader from our ranks who represents the values we hold, without being a beholden subject of the whims of outsiders and special interests. We have a chance to grab that spotlight and shine it on a candidate that can represent all of Montana. A candidate whose life, whose story, whose strength and whose character, are exactly the stories that the press is starving to tell, will continue to hold that focus on this race and her candidacy for the next 100 days.
We are at a precipice, and when we jump, we can jump with anyone and hope for a soft landing – that’s exactly what everyone expects. The people expect it, the press expects it, and honestly, most of us expect it. Or we can do something daring, unexpected, and completely interesting, and jump, with a chance to fly.
Let me tell you some of the highlights from the story of this candidate. She grew up in Billings, but found her heart in Butte. The daughter of a member of the Laborers union, who only had access to dental and healthcare because of the union. A graduate of Montana Tech, and currently, she’s finishing up her master’s at the University of Montana. She’s taught math in both Helena and Butte, and she’s served a term as a representative in the state house.
We have the chance to take that media focus, that amazing media frenzy, and illuminate a candidate that the camera loves, and who can answer questions about foreign policy, education, energy, land use, healthcare, social security, and just about any other topic you can think of, without missing a beat.
Of the people floated, I like them all, and know they are good people. Putting your support behind someone means making a decision, and I hope that my friends are still my friends after I’ve published this, because I do like them. Dirk has great ideas, and while I disagree with some of his positions, I don’t agree with Amanda on all of them. I know his best chance at winning is running a full campaign again, because he needs time to get his message out. His messages are compelling, and his ability to lead seems legit, but I think he needs a bit more gumption and a bit less politics to get there – but he certainly will.
Bohlinger is awesome. How can you not like the guy? He’s shown his ability to lead time and again, and his compassion and grace are beyond reproach. He served in the military, he’s own a successful business, and he’s grown as a person and politician and his growth lead him to switch parties because his understanding of the facts compelled him to. That’s a great thing. If he were to get the nom, I’d certainly work my tail off to support him, that’s for sure.
Dave isn’t really known. He’s one of those legislators that doesn’t stand out, and while seems to be right on many issues, hasn’t really lead anything. Hell, Bryce Bennett has been more vocal than Dave, and has a better story to catch the media’s attention.
The list of amazing women in the Dem ranks is astounding, but they’ve all declined already. Amanda hasn’t, and she’s amazing. I’ve known her since I moved back, and after eight years, I can’t think of anyone better for this race. She has the energy, drive, passion, compassion, grace, smarts, training and background that we really want, and frankly, she hasn’t been poisoned by our political system.
You make think it’s a gimmick to choose her, but it’s not. Amanda is ready for this race and will be an awesome senator, so don’t think for a moment that it’s not about winning now, because it very much is.
Otherwise, we’d all just be supporting a white man. Same old story. Same old song. Same lost seat.