Question: If Rehberg wins, and then renames the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, an industry-friendly bill affecting Montana’s remaining roadless lands, will Democrats oppose the bill?
Yes, of course they will. For that reason alone, Montana is better served by Rehberg than Tester.
Behind the scenes, advancing legislation is often a tactical question – there is no disagreement about what has to be done, but rather about how to get it done. Is a bill better carried by a Democrat or a Republican? It’s perception issue. When a Democrat carries a bill, porcupines tend to put their quills down*, and that was surely Tester’s objective. But he failed.
The battle never ends, but it is easier to mount opposition to bad legislation when sponsored by a Republican rather than a Democrat. Since party differences are of little consequence, and perceptions of “liberal” versus “conservative” are meaningless, all I can say is “Go Denny!”
Washington Rules: A porcupine with his quills down is just another fat rodent.