MT Senate 2014: The End?

Maybe it is time to cue The Doors’ song, “The End.”

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end

The talk of U.S. Senator John Walsh withdrawing from the senate race reached fever pitch Tuesday evening when the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Walsh had cancelled several upcoming events.

It was reported in the Chronicle that his senate staff said he was on personal time, which could mean he was going to party for a few days in Missoula around the Paul McCartney concert, but I don’t think that is the case. I actually do think he is thinking long and hard about quitting because he has not been able to get the plagiarism story out of the news.

Walsh has until August 11 to make that decision.

Republicans have been attacking Walsh, but they might be better off if Walsh stays in the race. Maybe they should have held off until after August 11 to start their attacks. It shows the inexperience of Congressman Steve Daines’ (Walsh’s opponent) campaign team.

Daines will be favored if Walsh stays in or drops out. If Walsh leaves, Daines may end up facing someone like Brian Schweitzer, Nancy Keenan, Denise Juneau, someone with less baggage, better name recognition, and someone who has run in a few statewide races.

Of course, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) seems to be able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Montana. The NRSC has not won a senate race in Montana since 2000.

It might be good for Democrats to channel the immortal words of Lloyd Christmas from the movie Dumb and Dumber, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”


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