Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

With just 21 days left until Election Day 2014, there are some stories out there that made me chuckle a few times, and others that caught my attention. I’ve got links to all of them, plus some commentary in this column I like to call “Political Potpourri.”

Today I write about Captain Obvious, plagiarism and the senate race, plagiarism and the plaque, Curtis and YouTube, Lewis and guns, and much more!

Captain Obvious Quotes:

The Great Falls Tribune is running a story today about Steve Daines “flooding the airwaves in Montana Senate race.”

The Tribune reports that Daines’ opponent Amanda Curtis “has yet to run a TV ad” which brought out a “Captain Obvious” quote from David Parker, a political science professor at Montana State University. Parker said, “It’s kind of difficult to win the Senate race when you can’t introduce yourself on television.” Then Parker added, “One of the fundamentals of a campaign is if voters don’t know who you are they’re not going to vote for you.”

Lord, help us…

Plagiarism 1:

On Saturday, the Associated Press devoted about 650 words to a story about the U.S. Army War College revoking U.S. Senator John Walsh’s master’s degree. The story had the following headline: “Plagiarism Report Unlikely to Affect Senate Race

Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I think plagiarism, long ago, affected Montana’s U.S. Senate race.

Plagiarism 2:

Over at The Flint Report blog, there’s an “exclusive photo showing the spot where appointed Sen. John Walsh’s (D-MT) name has been removed from the list of distinguished War College graduates.”

That is a hard-hitting historical photo which kind of brings the Walsh plagiarism scandal to a miserable close.

So far this election season, Montana bloggers have outperformed the Montana media.

Amanda Curtis & YouTube:

On Sunday the Associated Press (AP) ran a story about Senate candidate Amanda Curtis and her daily posts on YouTube during the 2013 Montana Legislature. The AP said the videos “show her in candid moments” and “sets her apart” and that her opponents use some of the information from those videos against her.

I’ve watched a bunch of those videos and I like the idea of elected officials “briefing” their constituents using this method.

Many of these videos were filmed when she was not a candidate for U.S. Senate, and many have an unfiltered view that you don’t often see from legislators. It’s the “unfiltered” part that will probably keep other elected officials from partaking in this method.

Candidates today are afraid to say much of anything without it being sanitized first.

John Lewis “Two”

The Montanans for Lewis campaign released a new ad called “Two.” It’s about…wait for it…wait for it…

…the 2nd Amendment! You can watch it HERE.

Last week I wrote about the U.S. House candidates trying to convince voters that they love guns more than their opponent does. Like I said in that column, the bottom line is that Zinke and Lewis both have some issues that should concern pro-gun voters.


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