Here are three things that make it worth reading:
1. It's written by Eli Sanders, an associate editor with The Stranger.
Esquire's Politics Blog is usually written by Charles P. Pierce and, while we're curious what he would have to say about almost any topic, Sanders is a worthy replacement.
"And," Tester added, "they're gonna be two separate races."
Translation: Obama won't be making stump speeches in Big Sandy anytime soon.
3. "This race, I think, is going to get negative real fast."
That's the not-so-bold prediction made by MSU political science professor David Parker, who's writing a book on the race. A lot of Sanders' feature focuses on the mud already smeared over each candidate — wolves, suing firemen, Obamacare, lobbyist donations, drunken boat crashes, etc. In fact, the article ends with Rehberg's campaign manager, Erik Iverson, talking about three cameramen who've suddenly started trailing his candidate. And we know what they've turned up. This race turned negative about the same time the national media turned its focus on these campaigns, which is to say a long time ago.