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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Thinks He Can Probably Beat Tim Ryan,  Other Tim Ryan

2020 democratic primary

Oh great, another white man has joined the Democratic primary race; we guess political powerhouse Tim Ryan didn't scare them all off? The latest candidate -- the 22nd, by the way -- is Steve Bullock, the governor of Montana. He's term-limited out of his job in 2020 so why not run for president? He has to keep food on the table, and presidential candidacies are a growth industry.

Let's check out Bullock's campaign announcement video and confirm whether he loves America and wants to give everyone a "fair shot."


OK, Bullock has a pretty good story here. As Montana's attorney general, he personally fought to keep the state's election laws the way they were prior to passage of Citizens United. When he lost that battle, he ran for another higher office, which is kinda Beto of him, but he did good stuff as governor. He forced the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion through a Republican legislature, provided access to health care for thousands of extra people in a state of hundreds. He's protected public lands. Last year, he was the first governor to sign an executive order restoring net neutrality rules. He managed all this in a deep red state.

Money in politics is Bullock's signature issue. He sounds like a common Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when he condemns how "dark money" has "poisoned the political system." In 2015, he signed the DISCLOSE Act, which shines a disinfecting light on "dark money" groups, requiring election influencers to reveal fundraising and campaign spending.

Bullock's 11-year-old nephew was shot and killed by a classmate in 1994. This tragic loss didn't immediately make Bullock a crusader for gun control, but his position on the issue has greatly improved in the past few years. He now supports universal background checks, magazine size limits, and red flag laws. He's even open to a ban on certain semiautomatic weapons, which he rejected a decade ago.

So, Bullock is a crusading liberal(ish) governor from a state Trump carried by 20 points in 2016. Is he the white guy who can beat Donald Trump? That's what "very concerned" Democrats want to know. The big problem for Bullock and a slight damper on his "electability" argument is that no one knows who he is. He was even featured on a NBC news segment called "How to Run for President When No One Knows Who You Are," which Bullock probably found helpful -- he took notes and everything. But it's a little demoralizing.

During the segment, rural Montanans were caught on film doing rural things we can't identify. They praised Bullock's ability to connect with otherwise very conservative voters. Unfortunately, one of them, Katie Mumford, laughed in a reporter's face when asked about a potential Bullock presidential run. It wasn't that she opposed him politically. She just thought he'd get his ass whipped.

REPORTER: You think he could take on Donald Trump?

MUMFORD: (sighs for a very long time) Uh... no. I don't think so. Trump is a little bit of bulldozer, you know? He's powerful... powerful guy.

Trump has great spokespeople, but it's amazing that he's managed to convince normal, everyday Americans that he's Smaug from The Hobbit. We personally like Bullock's chances more than some others in the race. He has a record more extensive and impressive than appearances on Jimmy Fallon. John McCain just narrowly defeated Barack Obama in Montana by a measly 2 points. Bullock probably has a better chance of flipping Montana than Beto O'Rourke or Pete Buttigieg have carrying their home states.

But honestly, we're a little down on Bullock because we and everyone else wish he were running for Senate instead. He could actually win. We need Democrats in the Senate. Mitch McConnell is arguably a greater threat to democracy than Trump because at least Trump is term limited. If we can't kick McConnell out of the Senate, we should at least make him minority leader. Instead, everyone who has a shot at unseating Republicans in red states is running for president instead. That's not how this is supposed to work.

[ New York Times ]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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