Original ideas seem to be beyond the capability of the Democrats first-string candidates for Congress this year.
First, Harry Reid’s hand-picked senate candidate, John Walsh, imploded when it was discovered that he had plagiarized his master’s thesis from the War College in 2007. The New Your Times’ explosive piece, that came to light a scant few weeks after the primary election, eventually resulted in the beaten and bloody sure-thing incumbent senator tucking his tail between his legs and riding into the sunset. That left the Montana Democrat Party frantically scrambling for a replacement candidate from an array of has-beens, losers, and untested wannabees.
Meanwhile, back in the race for Montana’s only House seat, the democrats’ phantom candidate, John Lewis (“Lewis who?”), was desperately trying to get a little traction and attention from the press and the voters. After noticing all the coverage that Walsh got in July and August while he was sucking hind tit, Lewis apparently took away a lesson that maybe wasn’t the smartest thing he could have come up with.
Last week, in a big event that almost nobody noticed, John rolled out his fantastic, new, exciting, ta-da, plan to “clean up congress.” Part and parcel of this brilliant idea is the proposal that members of Congress shouldn’t be paid until they pass a budget. Wow. Just wow.
Earth to John. If you’re going to plagiarize key elements of your campaign platform the last place you should “borrow” from is the current Republican congressman. Steve Daines introduced his first bill, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act in February of 2013, which called for a pay cut if Congress didn’t pass a balanced budget, and he co-sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013, which – you guessed it - required both chambers of Congress to pass a budget by April 15, 2013 or the salaries of Members of that chamber would be withheld. By the way, the bill passed both houses and was signed into law by the president.
So let me help you out, John:
Plagiarize [pley-juh-rahyz, -jee-uh-rahyz]
: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without permission or crediting the source
We know it can get you a lot of press coverage, John, but you should have paid better attention: Plagiarism can be a real bummer for a campaign.
Guest Post from MT City Girl