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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Special Electionville

Today is the day Montanans vote for Ryan Zinke's replacement as At-Large Congressional District rep. It'll likely remain in the Red Court BUT...

I imagine you've read about Republican candidate Greg Gianforte’s insane-in-the-brain assault on a reporter from the Guardian. From what I’ve read so far, Gianforte’s a big Richie Rich and, gee gosh, not used to us rude peasants asking direct and uncomfortable questions. PLUS, that nasty, awful reporter actually expected honest, real answers too! Geez, the nerve!

Boneheaded bullying bullshit and lies courtesy of the GOP
What did the big meanie ask? He wanted to know the candidate's response to the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the latest Republican proposed steaming pile of diseased rat shit masquerading as a health care program – Trump/Ryan Care, the American Health Care Act. Seems like a good thing to ask about, huh? I mean – life and death and shit. Right? Gianforte told the reporter to, basically, get bent and see one of his paid prevaricators for bloviating, gasbaggy quotes re: his position. Still, Ben persisted.

Fox News was there:
Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!” (source)
To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.
 This is Fox – FOX the right wing's fave shill, fer fuck's sake – and even they’re not in this rabid snowflake’s corner. Maybe the tide really is beginning to turn. On the other hand, the deranged bully shtick impresses the hell outta the John McClane/Rambo fantasist Republican base.

Polls puts Gianforte ahead of Quist by slim single digits. A lot of folks voted early (sadly, no take-backs) though. I don’t think this unhinged tantrum is gonna destroy his win.

By the by, though there were multiple witnesses Gianforte hasn’t been arrested. Warum? Brian Gootkin, the sheriff investigating the assault, is one of this asshole’s donors.

*sigh, groan, grumble, STEAM*

With all the bad press of Gootkin's special treatment of his special friend’s crazy, savage hissy fit, will the sheriff feel enough pressure to do the right bloody thing and arrest the berserking enfant terrible (currently masquerading, badly, as an adult)? I'm not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, in the Georgia special electionOssoff’s got a seven point lead over Republican Karen Handel. Good. I’d prefer a King Kong size lead but seven’s not bad.


  1. The British media can be a tad aggressive by American standards. I imagine it makes Republicans, in particular, uncomfortable.

    Gianforte clearly has anger-management and violence issues. If he does take a seat in the House, other representatives who sit near him might be wise to wear protective gear like, say, football players do. The cartoons draw themselves. I do wonder what happens if Gianforte is elected and then arrested and convicted for assault, though. Another special election?

    1. Would an assault conviction mean he can't serve? That'd be awesome!

      Football gear and bulletproof vests :-) Yeah, I can see the cartoons now.

    2. I assume it means he can't, but actually I don't know. Republicans may well have passed legislation to prohibit discrimination against violent thugs. Wouldn't put it past them.

    3. No discrimination against violent thugs as long as they're white AND have the cabbage to buy off the sheriff, that is.

    4. Funny how he, a head taller and fifty heavier, assaulted the only guy in the room he knew wouldn't fight back. Wouldn't take a swing at, for example, a grizzled old Eastern Oregon High Desert Buckaroo (pronounced baquero who just happened to have spent six years at the University and Law School there.

      We call folks like that squaws.

    5. I think this jizzbrained piece of scorpion vomit would need to do a lot of major penance to even come close to being so much as a 3 day dead, venereal diseased mouse squaw.

  2. unless a police officer witnessed the assault, a warrant for his arrest will need to be issued, after witnesses are interviewed/criminal complaint filed/etc. it is my understanding that this is, in fact, the case. the newly elected representative will soon find himself arrested/charged/indicted/court date set. my guess is that he will, through his attorney, agree to plead out to a lesser charge. he'll pay a fine/court costs/attorney's fees. then (hopefully), the fun of a civil suit against him, by the complainant begins. one hopes it will be to tune of millions of dollars, just to get his and his lawyer's attention. again, this will ultimately be settled out of court, with no admission of guilt on his part (even though he already pleaded guilty in criminal court). i doubt this at all affects his being able to continue in office.

    1. I hope you're right about the million dollar (MORE please) lawsuit. Frankly, even with all the witnesses and it being all over the press, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he avoids arrest etc. Montana--the new Texas.