Monday, November 7, 2011

Esquire latest to weigh in on Tester v. Rehberg

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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Before next November, every publication in the world will have written about the monumental Senate race between Jon Tester (he has a flat top, only seven fingers, and farms!) and Denny Rehberg (he's not Obama and has a lot of money!). Esquire checked itself off the list with a guest feature in its Politics Blog.

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.

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2. It starts with a telling quote from Tester
"President Obama has to run his race," he tells Sanders. "I'm gonna run my race.

"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.

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