John Bohlinger was once lieutenant governor of Montana – a Republican who shared quarters with Democrat governor Brian Schweitzer. Strange bedfellows?
Maybe not so much.
Bohlinger is running for Montana’s US Senate seat – as a Democrat. And his first official act as a member of the progressive party is to bash the Tea Party. Despicable, but true to form.
My knuckles were white as I wrote our response:
On Tuesday, former Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger announced his candidacy for the Montana US Senate seat in next year’s election. Today Bohlinger told Chuck Johnson, Lee Newspaper Capital Bureau Chief, that his decision to run was driven by last month’s federal government shutdown, which he blamed on the “Tea Party Taliban”. He said the Tea Party thought the shutdown was “clever” and “cute”.
It appears that Mr. Bohlinger’s campaign will consist of the same kind of inflamed rhetoric that currently paralyzes our capital. His alarming lack of understanding of both the Taliban and the Tea Party does little to qualify him as a candidate for such an important office, and insults Montanans who actually fought the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Taliban is a violent terrorist organization of religious extremists who routinely torture and murder innocent men, women and children. Women, gays, and anyone who opposes their oppressive Sharia laws have no rights under Taliban rule.
The Tea Party is made up of concerned American citizens who support the US Constitution, including its carefully designed citizens’ rights and limits on the scope of government. We are opposed to government fraud, corruption and waste, and seek fiscal accountability. We are concerned about profligate government spending, our unsustainable $17 trillion debt, and the mismanagement of our national economy, recently epitomized by the disastrous Affordable Health Care Act. We want our children and grandchildren to enjoy a standard of living at least somewhat commensurate with our own.
If asked, Mr. Bohlinger would say he supports the Constitution. He would most likely claim to oppose government waste and fraud. And he may have good intentions for his children and grandchildren.
The Montana Tea Party Coalition asks Mr. Bohlinger if that makes him a member of the Taliban, too.
Yeah, kinda makes me so mad I want to just go out and behead some women and kids.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
Cuts Like A Knife – Bryan Adams