There’s a guy running in a special Congressional election in Montana, Rob Quist. He’s a musician, a grassroots guy, works for food banks and arts funding in schools, swell fella, looks hella good for 69. (Nice.) You can and should donate to him here.
Montana’s a real red state. And yet, even so, it’s got a Democratic governor and a Democratic senator. Trump blew Hillary Clinton out of the water here, 55-35.
But there was another race in November: Montana’s gubernatorial race. Democrat Steve Bullock beat this billionaire carpetbagger nobody likes, Greg Gianforte, 50-46.
If you just did that math, Gianforte — a billionaire carpetbagger nobody likes — underperformed Donald Trump by 9 points. The Democrat running against him outperformed Hillary Clinton by 15 points (AND WON). So we’re all clear, right? Good.
For some unknown reason, Republicans nominated Gianforte again, this time for the state’s sole Congressional seat. He is running against Rob Quist, who has the advantage of not being a billionaire carpetbagger nobody likes.
Now consider: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose reason for being is helping with the campaigns of Democrats running for Congress, is declining to support the Democrat running for Congress in Montana right now.
What the everliving actual fuck?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) – the main national party group dedicated to helping Democratic U.S. House candidates – doesn’t mention the race on its website and didn’t return several messages left by MTN News.
It has also has made no independent expenditures on the race.
Gotta keep that powder dry for all those races 18 months from now. Wouldn’t wanna waste any money winning Congressional seats from red-state D’s. What good would that be??
In contrast to this relative silence, the Congressional Leadership Committee, a Republican Super PAC that supports Republican U.S. House candidates, bought $700,000 worth of TV ads in Montana early March, bashing Quist.
The National Republican Campaign Committee also features the Gianforte-Quist matchup prominently on its website, posting stories critical of Quist.
Surely the Republicans’ financial support for the billionaire carpetbagger nobody likes isn’t necessary because nobody likes him and he’s already been beat statewide once before. No, couldn’t be anything like that. They’re just putting in $700 large for funsies, not because it would look mighty bad for Trump to lose a House seat in Montana.
David Parker, a professor at Montana State University, said the groups look at two factors before spending their money: How President Trump did in the district, and whether the candidate has shown that he or she is a contender.
“Trump did so well here (in the November election), I would find it really difficult to find a path forward for Quist, and the national Democrats are savvy enough to know that,” he said.
You know who I don’t know? David Parker. You know who sounds like he is pretty bad at “political science”? David Parker. You know who never seems to have heard of Greg Gianforte and how nobody likes him and he underperformed Trump by 9 points like we already told you and that’s not even taking into account the demoralization of the GOP right now, the #RESISTANCE of Democrats, and Trump being under 50 percent approval with white dudes and rurals? David Parker. You know whose job I should probably take because he has no business professing to young impressionable minds about political science? David Parker.
But this isn’t about David Parker. (It kind of is. We hate that guy already.) This is about the DCCC.
The DCCC has $6.6 million cash on hand, and three races it could spend it on. Seems it’s bothering with all of one: Jon Ossoff’s in Georgia. And it should bother with it! Jon Ossoff, gentleman nerd, has the Republicans in night sweats! They’re suddenly running ads against him, a 30-year-old Democrat, that seem to insinuate he TAKES MONEY FROM BIN LADEN’S REANIMATED CORPSE:
But it wouldn’t break the DCCC to give money — ANY MONEY — to Rob Quist, or James Thompson in Kansas (running to fill new CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s House seat in KS 04). Thompson’s election is April 11, and his state Dems wouldn’t even give him $20,000 for mailers. Maybe we should give him a last-minute kick. (South Carolina and California special elections are still upcoming.)
Instead, the DCCC is telling red state Dems we can fuck right off, we’re not even worth a pitiful token. The DCCC calls me for money twice a week. They won’t be getting any more of it.
Know who else could use your money, while you got your wallet out? That’s right! Spaceships! Wait, no, us!