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One of These Paragraphs Is Not Like the Other; Bob Fanning Offers a “Realistic Plan”

I loved the Great Falls Tribune profile of gubernatorial candidates Bob Fanning in its entirety, but these two paragraphs were clearly the best:

"I am the only candidate who has a realistic, workable plan which will lead Montana to rapid economic progress and independence from the federal funds which have put Montana out of business."

Fanning said he wants to "shut down" the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and Department of Justice law enforcement agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The terrifying thing is that Fanning isn’t out of step with the rest of Republican candidates, many of whom have been using rhetoric like “going to war” with the federal government during their campaign.

One other note from the piece. I think it’s very good for Fanning, given his views, that he cleared up one part of his personal life:

Fanning, who said he has not put an intoxicating substance into his body in decades…

Breaking Down the Republican Field of Candidates for Governor

Candidates Living on a Prayer (or in Pray)

Bob Fanning is the least conventional (and logical) candidate in this race, which is something, considering that Neil Livingstone is on the ballot. Fanning’s candidacy has been such a disaster that not even Chuck Baldwin was willing to remain a part of the team. A veritable gaggle of illogical (and unconstitutional) positions, three running mates, and one dead campaign.

Jim Lynch probably isn’t a Republican, probably isn’t running for any other reason than spite, and definitely won’t be the Republican nominee for governor. While he certainly did enough commercials while he was the head of DOT to get his name recognition up, his ugly departure from state work and subsequent partisan transformation make him unlikely to get more than a per cent or two in the primary–brazen, inflammatory TEA Party rhetoric notwithstanding.

Jim O’Hara seems like a nice enough guy who thought it would be interesting to run for governor and in a different year, he might have been a moderate choice for the GOP. No moderate is going to win this field, and O’Hara, other than a brief appearance on the CBS news for his entirely cool highway signs, hasn’t been able to distinguish himself from the field.

Neil Livingstone would be a viable candidate, if this were an election to determine the best candidate to provide travel advice to brothels, illegally lobby for terrorists, coddle dictators, or teach a workshop about writing an entirely fantastic autobiography.

The campaign can’t raise any money and has been plagued by one embarrassment after another. The only real mystery is why Ryan Zinke hitched his wagon to this rickety RV. Given that many saw him as a potential gubernatorial candidate as little as six months ago, it’s a mystery why he’s chosen to end his political career in this farce of a campaign.

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The GOP Clown Show Continues in Gubernatorial Race: Baldwin Out

It seems that Bob Fanning wasn’t raising enough money for Chuck Baldwin to raise his profile in Montana, so, despite telling his congregation just weeks ago that God had chosen him to run for Lt. Governor, Mr. Baldwin dropped out of the race today.

This quote is especially rich:

Chuck Baldwin said he owes the people of Montana a credible, legitimate campaign, and this is no longer possible. He said he cannot in good conscience continue with the race.

It’s hard to imagine how someone like Chuck Baldwin ever imagined that he would bring credibility or legitimacy to any race for higher office, given his unorthodox views about the Constitution and incredibly intolerant beliefs.

It’s got to be an especially difficult blow for Mr. Fanning, given the team’s recent endorsement by the hugely significant endorsements of Toby Bridges of Lobo Watch and John Andre of the Shoshone Wilderness Adventures Team Sports.

Montana Wingnut Watch: Marxists Everywhere!

Part of a periodic series of reminders that, when Republicans in the Montana Legislature and members of Montana TEA Party organizations tell you they represent the mainstream of Montana views, they might just be wrong.

Park City Republican member of the House David Howard believe that Obama is little different than German, Japan, and Italy during World War 2. No word on WW2 Hungary, though.


TEA Party stalwart Eric Olsen believes that statues of athletes and entertainers are part of the Marxist agenda. You can criticize my President, my nation, and my party, Mr. Olsen, but leave your lies about baseball off my Internet.


Republican candidate for State Auditor and opponent of government (confused as I am?) Derek Skees might want to work a bit on his campaign messaging just a bit. He’s certainly right about that “least capable” bit, but he should probably apologize to the good people of the Flathead. I’m certain they wouldn’t vote for him again.


Bob Fanning’s running mate, Chuck Baldwin, in his typically understated way, argued that the passage of the NDAA has turned the United States into a war zone:

Pastor Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party’s candidate for President in 2008, wrote, “Americans should realize that, coupled with the Patriot Act, the NDAA, for all intents and purposes, completely nullifies a good portion of the Bill of Rights, turns the United States into a war zone, and places US citizens under military rule.”

Fanning and Baldwin also have a Confederate-style plan to save Montana:

Which of the Gubernatorial Candidate teams have a plan to set up and execute a sovereign state economy, independent of the federal economy, with our own banking system independent of the Fed Money Monopoly, as needed for our state’s survival for when this End Game of Federal, State, and County collapses occur?  Only the Fanning/Baldwin team have a contingency plan, or even a clue as to what to do and how to do it.  This is the reason for their strong 10th amendment stand as part of their campaign message.

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