music by William Skink
While I have never performed a musical set on stage, I have certainly rocked out in my garage and it can be a workout. Will Montana’s special election hinge on how healthy one must be to play music shows?
I agree with James Conner, the latest drip from Quist’s financial woes is going to leave a mark:
After today’s report on Rob Quist’s finances, I wouldn’t bet a cold road apple that he’ll win Montana’s special election for Congress. Billing Gazette writer Tom Lutey reports that Quist played 35 gigs in 2011, but told his bank he was in such poor health he could not work and thus could not make payments on his mortgage.
Facts more favorable to Quist may be missing from Lutey’s report, but the drip, drip, drip, of bad news on this subject is becoming a firehose blast of adverse news that’s drowning out his advocacy for a single-payer health care system.
Quist was hobbled out of the gate when tentacles of the Democrat political machine–the DCCC–withheld financial support amidst GG’s tv blitz. Did they know what the opposition research was turning up?
Quist could have weathered the personal issue of medical debt. Initially I thought it could actually made Quist more relatable. But then details dribbled out, like screwing a contractor and getting sued by former band mates.
Now, with Quist’s alleged lie to the bank about his inability to pay his mortgage, things aren’t looking good. The hope that national funds will start pouring in seems to have evaporated. How will the party faithful respond?
If Quist loses, the Democratic leadership should be purged. But they won’t be because they still don’t think the problem is with them. But it is, and a recent Counterpunch piece highlighted how the Democratic Party continues shunning Sanders surrogates:
While Democratic Party leaders preach unity, and continue touting DNC Chair Tom Perez with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), despite the great lengths the establishment took to ensure Sanders-backed Ellison didn’t win the DNC Chair race, the Democratic Party establishment continues to carry an abrasive attitude toward Bernie Sanders and progressives. Though resistance to Trump is a unifying force, any push for reform and changes within the Democratic Party have been obstructed at every turn since Hillary Clinton’s election loss. The Democratic Party has learned nothing, and while Nina Turner and Tulsi Gabbard remain favorites among Bernie Sanders supporters and likely have bright futures as progressive leaders, the Democratic Party leadership sees them as political opponents, and will continue to attack them when convenient, and insist on their support and loyalty when it suits them, as they have done with Bernie Sanders and his supporters since the Democratic Primaries.
Progressives are the abused spouse who refuses to leave the abuser. How much blatant disdain are progressives willing to take before they realize it’s time for a divorce?