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I just did a search for Jon Tester over in the diary titles and found one diary in the last week. Just one diary.

Do you want to keep the Senate in Democratic hands? DO YOU? DO YOU REALLY?

"Blue" mountain state Senators don't come easy. Places like Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana don't send them up often. Even in Colorado you don't take them for granted. So when we have an imperiled incumbent in-place, I would think knowledgeable Kossaks would spend a little more electronic ink on him.

But right now, there is only one thing I need to know about Tester to endorse him, to write a quick diary for him, and to donate to his campaign: JON TESTER IS AN INCUMBENT DEMOCRATIC SENATOR. We need him to keep the Senate.

If you would like to keep the Senate in Democratic hands, please consider a donation. Thank you.

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  •  AND, your $ goes further in Montana and North Dako (7+ / 0-)

    With advertising rates being cheaper there, your dollars go further in states like Montana (to help re-elect Sen. Tester) and in North Dakota (to elect Heidi Heitkamp, to keep that seat for the Democrats).  Both have good chances but both could use some $ help.  [I go to to make my contributions.]

  •  You're gonna need more than "he's a D" (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, Lujane

    Because if there's anything close to an official DKOS position on Tester... it's summed up by this diary from Kos back in 2010:

    but we aren't monolithic, and most of us would like Tester a lot more than Rehberg....

    but give us something to vote for....

  •  This Eastern Washingtonian totally agrees with you (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Coming from another Rocky Mountain state (0+ / 0-)

    I have to say Tester is as good as it gets. Some of the legislation he has pushed has been nothing short of terrific. His clout in the senate is outsized. Just last week Reid held up the whole process to get a vote on his bill.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 08:04:39 PM PDT

  •  i hear you on the importance of reelecting tester (4+ / 0-)

    but the claim that democratic senators don't get elected in montana very often is simply not true. both MT senate seats are democrats right now. the seat that max baucus (senator since 1978) holds has been democratic since 1913, and the one that tester holds was democratic for most of the 20th century, save for the three terms his predecessor won (the most by any MT republican senator). overall, montana has voted for democratic senators for the majority of the time it has been a state.

    wyoming has been quite republican, by contrast. idaho had a stretch in the 20th century where it split its senatorial delegation and elected democrats (frank church being the most famous), but for the past several decades has been very republican.

    montana really does not fit with those two states, politically, despite its physical proximity. it's senatorial partisan voting patterns are more reliably democratic than colorado or oregon, actually.

    still, i will be happy if tester gets reelected, even if i'm not happy with all the votes he's made as senator. baucus, OTOH, needs a challenger next time around.

    •  actually, washington state is the best match (0+ / 0-)

      in terms of electing mostly democrats, in a western state.

      •  You are right; I am wrong (1+ / 0-)
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        Dug into the history of Senators for a bunch of Western states this afternoon. MT surprised the heck out of me. Dang preconceptions. Even CO had a better record than I realized. Western Dems have a stronger history than it feels. I wonder why that is. Is it that the Western liberal voices aren't well represented in typical progressive media? That the Western Dem's interest aren't well aligned with national Dem narrative? That I just pay too much attention to conservative media?

        Regardless, not much Tester-boosterism on this site!

        •  i was also surprised after i googled it (2+ / 0-)
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          TellerCountyBlue, MT Clarity

          i think the reason for MT's earlier blue streak has to do with the huge role that resource extraction (mining, timber, etc) played in its economy, and the giant unionized workforce that that in turn produced. interesting that MT didn't shift red nearly as much as ID when mining gradually tapped out. not being next to UT might be one reason; MT is also interesting as a western state in that it has relatively fewer latino immigrants or migrants; its blue shift has been driven by other trends than the rest of the mountain west.

          as for why western dems are near-invisible in national politics and the democratic self-identity, i've noticed that too. i think part of it is that the national political discussion still tends to be a predominantly north v. south discussion, with the midwest as a swing area. the west just doesn't figure in either the eastern democratic center of gravity nor the southern republican center of gravity. for a long time, the republicans (goldwater, reagan, bush 1 and 2, mccain-palin) played into that sense that the rest of the country ignored the west by identifying themselves stylistically and thematically with the west, something the eastern dems bought into and unwittingly made it worse by deriding the whole western cowboy mentality thing.

          the really exciting thing about what's shifting right now in the west, and internally in the democratic party as a product of that regional shift, in part but not entirely because of the growth of latino voters, is that pretty soon the west will make up a regional base within the democratic party, and following right behind that a new party narrative will probably emerge that recognizes westerners as a key part of "blue america," for lack of a better term. 2016 could have an opening for a westerner on the ticket, depending on how the race shakes out.

    •  The electorate itself is much more red in Montana (1+ / 0-)
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      wu ming

      than in CO, and I think the two seats there are much less secure than the two here.

      I like both Baucus and Testor, their votes and their outlook closely aligns with rural Democrats in the west.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 02:44:59 PM PDT

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      •  and yet both states have nearly identical (1+ / 0-)
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        representation at both the state and federal levels. both have democratic governors, two democratic senators, and each party controlling one chamber of their state legislature. montana has a republican for congress, while colorado's split is 3 dem, 4 republican. colorado is more friendly to obama than montana, but other than that the two states seem pretty analogous. the difference is that colorado has moved more from being a swing or republican-leaning state to an increasingly democratic one, while montana has been in the current partisan balance for a very long time.

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