NYT Praises ‘Solutions Caucus’ In Article About How Democrats Win in Montana

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With all the subtlety of a blinking billboard, the New York Times ran a lengthy article on Sunday explaining how it is that leftwing Democrats regularly win in a characteristically conservative state. Amidst the article praising their disarming pro-abortion language and Jon Tester’s folksy, seven-fingered populism, the author took time to praise the leftist ‘Solutions Caucus’ that is holding Montana’s Republican Party hostage.

Written by Sarah Vowell, a hardcore leftist, gay-marriage advocate, and voice-actor (she voices a character in Disney’s The Incredibles) whose witty liberalisms have been published in progressive publications like San Francisco Weekly and the Salon Magazine, the article explains to the New York Times’ national audience how in the world Montana has escaped the conservative culture of surrounding states and remained a purple-ish hue in a sea of red across the electoral map.

The feminist, pro-gay activist, and liberal pundit who praised the Solutions Caucus in the New York Times, Sarah Vowell. Additionally, she has the face for voice-over acting.

Certainly, outsiders look at the Big Sky State and wonder how Steve Bullock and Jon Tester are competitive here, and Vowell does offer some compelling insights. Montana’s liberalism is cloaked in a HeeHaw-style populism rather than in the gender-bending, rainbow-splattered hermaphroditism of Seattle or Portland. Jon Tester’s voting record is identical to Chuck Schumer’s, but his photo-ops are done from a tractor. And when Montana’s liberals talk about ruthlessly and violently slaughtering the unborn they cloak it in the language of medical privacy rather than in the rhetoric of openly hostile derision toward infants used in more liberal parts of the country. And Vowell touches on all these points. In short, Montana’s liberals vote like San Francisco’s, but their stump-speeches are cloaked in whimsy and golly-gee populism popular in the countryside.

But what was most-telling about Vowell’s ‘Ode to Montana Democrats’ in the New York Times was her fascination, appreciation, and praise for Llew Jones’ Solutions Caucus.

As the Montana Daily Gazette has thoroughly covered, the Solutions Caucus, which has renamed itself with the misnomer Conservative Solutions Caucus over the Spring, began as a devil’s bargain between Llew Jones (and other far-left Republicans like Walt McNutt of Sidney) and then-governor, Brian Schweitzer. The budget deal solidified the new relationship between Montana Democrats and this leftward minority contingent of the Republican Party. But it turns out – as Llew Jones found out – that the minority party (Democrats) and a minority-wing of the Republican Party together make a majority in the state legislature. With the greasy, compromise-laden handshake between Llew Jones and Montana’s Democrat governor, the Republican majority was neutered of power and the legislature’s authority was placed directly into the shirt pocket of Governor Schweitzer.

Fast-forward 13 years and exchange Governor Schweitzer for Governor Bullock and Montana is still being ruled by a coalition of Democrats and Republicans who might as well be Democrats, led by Llew Jones. And now, Llew Jones’ Solutions Caucus is actively recruiting Democrats like Joel Krautter (HD35) to run as Republicans and recruiting liberals to take over Republican county precinct positions in Republican Central Committees all around the state. And it’s this very same Solutions Caucus that is being praised in the New York Times by an unkempt liberal activist in an article about why Democrats continue to win Montana elections.

Vowell praises the Solutions Caucus as “businesslike conservatives who will stick with the right wing on bedrock beliefs like limiting abortion — one bill provoked a Bullock veto —but will vote with the Democrats when doing so solves a logistical problem or staves off needless idiocy.”

Paid for by Manzella for Montana Senate District 44 – Republican. Theresa Manzella, Treasurer. PO Box 1100, Hamilton, MT 59840

In comparison, Vowell derided the super-majority of Republicans affiliated with the conservative caucus known as the .38 Special, describing them as “a petulant Tea Party-tinged cabal.” Her use of the term cabal actually mirrored a letter-to-the-editor against a .38 Special candidate by Walt McNutt several weeks ago, who helped to found the Solutions Caucus with Jones in 2007. Nonetheless, it is an interesting word to use to refer to the majority of a voting body – if not downright hostile to language itself – considering a cabal is a “secret political clique or faction” and the .38 Special has far more members than the leftist Democrat-swing voters known as the Solutions Caucus.

The problem for conservatives is that they don’t outnumber both Llew Jones’ Democrat swing-voters in the Republican-controlled legislature and Democrats. Together, they place control in the hands of the minority party.

What Vowell praises in her New York Times article is the ingenuity of Democrats to adapt their liberal talking points for the plain-spoken and simple-tongued people of Montana’s mountains and prairie. She praises their ability to conceal their positions in populism, which amounts in her mind to some kind of political genius. And amidst praising Montana Democrats for their wordsmithing, she heaped the greatest praise upon the rogue and runaway leftists in the Republican Party.

Llew Jones and the Solutions Caucus should be proud of themselves, being lauded in arguably the most liberal publication in the United States. And Montana’s Republicans should send them packing to San Francisco.




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  1. The Glacial Group – Montana

    Mission: Provide leadership and information to the voters of Montana to ensure that we place and support Constitutional Patriots in elected positions of government at state, county and city levels.

    Goals:
    • Identify and support current officeholders who are true, trusted representatives of the people and our Constitutional Republic.
    • Identify and support candidates for office who uphold the Mission of the Glacial Group.
    • Focus on the youth of Montana at all levels of education by providing them information on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
    • Develop a network throughout the State of Montana to support the mission and goals of the Glacial Group that are rooted in the principles of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    • Inspire a commitment of our citizens to secure America and its Future.

  2. The Glacial Group – Montana
    House and Senate – The Primary Election
    Supported Candidates

    Mission: Provide leadership and information to the voters of Montana to ensure that we place and support Constitutional Patriots in elected positions of government at state, county, and city levels.
    Goals:
    • Identify and support current officeholders who are true, trusted representatives of the people and our Constitutional Republic.
    • Identify and support candidates for office who uphold the Mission of the Glacial Group.
    • Focus on the youth of Montana at all levels of education by providing them information on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
    • Develop a network throughout the State of Montana to support the mission and goals of the Glacial Group that are rooted in the principles of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    • Inspire a commitment of our citizens to secure America and its Future.
    The Glacial Group supports and endorses the following Candidates for the Primary Election in Montana. * Incumbents
    HD05 – Catherine Owens
    HD06 – Amy Regier
    HD07 – Jerry O’Neil
    HD09 – David Dunn*
    HD10 – Mark Noland*
    HD11 – Derek Skees*
    HD13 – Paul Fielder
    HD14 – Mark French
    HD21 – Sally Tucker
    HD26 –
    HD33 – Casey Knudsen*
    HD34 – Rhonda Knudsen*
    HD35 – Brandon Ler
    HD36 – Bob Phalen
    HD37 – Jerry Schillinger
    HD39 – Amanda Scheidler
    HD63 – Bryan Donald Hayson
    HD64 –
    HD68 -Caleb Hinkle
    HD69- Jennifer Carlson
    HD70 – Tim Ravndal
    HD71 –
    HD75 – Greg Devries*
    HD85 – Michele Binkley
    HD86 – Kenneth Allen
    HD87 – Jolena Bugli
    HD88 – James Crews
    HD93 – Joe Read*
    HD95 – Karen Sherman
    SD02 – Carl Glimm* HD6
    SD10 – Jeni Dodd
    SD26 – Chris Friedel
    SD28 – Brad Molnar
    SD35 – Gary Perry or Debra Brown
    SD38 – Jim Buterbaugh
    SD44 – Theresa Manzella * HD85

  3. The following is a list of left-wing/moderate/RINO Republicans that should not be elected to office in the Primary in Montana. Some seats do not have challengers. Associated to some degree to the Liberal Solutions Group Caucus.
    HD06 – Bruce Tutvedt
    HD07 – Frank Garner
    HD 09 – Brian Putnam
    HD10 – Doug Mahlum
    HD11 – Dee Kirk Boon
    HD14 – Denley Loge
    HD21 – Ed Buttrey
    HD33 – Joyce Stone
    HD34 –
    HD35 – Joel Krautter
    HD37 – Frederick D. (Eric) Moore
    HD39 – Geraldine Custer
    HD 47 – Dan Salmon.. No R challenger
    HD68 – Bruce Grubbs
    HD69 – Don Seifert
    HD70 – Julie Dooling
    HD75 – Marta Bertoglio
    HD85 – Hollis Poe
    HD86 – Dave Bedey
    HD88 – Sharon Greef
    SD02 – Norm Nunnally
    SD10 – Steve Fitzpatrick
    SD26- -Rodney Garcia
    SD28 – Tom Richmond

  4. The Glacial Group Montana is proud to Announce and Endorse the following Constitutional Patriots/Conservatives for Montana Statewide Offices

    • Governor: Dr. Al Olszewski
    • U.S. Senator: Steve Daines*
    • U.S. Representative: Corey Stapleton
    • Attorney General: Austin Knudsen
    • Secretary of State: Forrest Mandeville
    • State Auditor: Nelly Nicol or Troy Downing
    • Office Public Instruction: Elsie Arntzen*

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