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Your Weekend in Right Wing Extremism: Koopman, Foss, Daines, and Fracking


One of the arguments I often make is that there must be a core of responsible Republicans who simply lack the courage, influence, or will to wrest the Republican Party from the hands of the TEA Party extremists who have hijacked it over the last decade. Republican Public Service Commissioner and certified kook Roger Koopman, however, sees it a bit differently. The problem, as he articulated in an Independent Record editorial that will no doubt appear across the state’s Lee Newspapers, is that the modern Republican Party isn’t too conservative at all. Rather, they have been infiltrated by progressives who are bent on destroying the conservative agenda.

No, really. Among the reality-based observations in his nakedly partisan screed:

All Democrats score in the liberal range (this time, none over 7 percent), while Republicans are equally spread across the spectrum, including one-third solidly liberal and less that one-fourth conservative.

Read more of it for the best analogy using a Big Mac you’ll read all week.

Not to be outdone, embattled Ravalli County Commissioner Suzy Foss seems to believe that calling your opponents Nazis will elevate the discourse about climate change, approving of this message in her typically mangled syntax:


The article she approvingly shared calls for calling those who criticize climate change deniers Nazis:

“Too many of us for too long have ignored the repulsive, extremist nature of the comparison. It’s time to push back,” he wrote. “I’m now going to start calling these people “global warming Nazis.’”

In a Lee newspaper analysis of the campaign donations received by Congressman Steve Daines, including almost $200,000 from a fund managed by a New York billionaire, we learned that the Congressman wants stronger borders for Montana.

Singer has been a supporter of gay rights and immigration reform, but candidates supported by Friends for an American Majority don’t necessarily support Singer’s views on all issues, Politico reported.

Daines, for example, has said he wants to “strengthen Montana’s borders” and does not support gay marriage.

I’m not sure why Congressman Daines wants to make travel between our friends and families in Canada more difficult (not to mention the Dakotas, Idaho, and Wyoming), but I do remember another Congressman who ran for the Senate promising to harden the security at our northern border. It didn’t turn out so well for him. Perhaps the Congressman can explain what he means.

A bit further from home, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson loves fracking—unless it’s happening near his home. According to Think Progress, he worries about the damage to his property values:

As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. The oil company is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S., relying on the controversial drilling technology to extract it.
The exception is when Tillerson’s $5 million property value might be harmed. Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.

Damn liberal, environmental obstructionist!

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a sixteen year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate. In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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